Historical Society sets membership meeting

The Historical Society of Dunkirk has scheduled a general membership meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the SUNY Incubator on Central Ave. in Dunkirk. The agenda includes the introduction of board members and current officers. The roof repair project will be explained as well as progress on the stained-glass window projects.

Future nominations for board membership will be discussed. Volunteers will be recruited to help with future fund-raisers and museum operations. The new membership contribution levels will be explained and nominees will be welcome to fill board positions for those leaving the board. Future fund-raisers will be an important topic for the evening considering the needed repairs at the museum on Washington Avenue. Ryan Corbett, treasurer, will report on the current bank account balances.

The presider for the evening will be James Hurtgen, president, who will recognize several volunteers who gave of their time and talents to the museum and the Historical Society. Hurtgen will summarize the year in review, highlighting achievements and a view for the future.

Mayor Willie Rosas has been an avid supporter of the Historical Society, pledging to keep city funds in the yearly operating budget. The city of Dunkirk helped arrange a desperately-needed roof repair.

The plan will enable the museum to do repairs to the roof while maintaining present salaries and other operational expenses. Hurtgen will acknowledge the improved city funding while honoring Mayor Rosas.

The Historical Society of Dunkirk maintains a museum, a railroad collection and the 444 locomotive display at The Chautauqua County Fairgrounds New members are welcome to join at the September membership meeting. The museum is open on Mondays and Fridays from 1 until 4 p.m. Tours of the locomotive 444 display can be arranged with one of the train volunteers.

Attendees will be able to meet the board members after the meeting over refreshments, which will be provided. The board members are eager to hear the members suggestions for a more vibrant and relevant Society.