Special Armistice Day Centennial event planned for Sunday

The Chautauqua County Historical Society is partnering with historians from various towns and communities across the county to present a special event on Sunday in Fredonia.

As many know, Nov. 11, 2018 serves as the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I.

In an effort to focus on the impact the “War to End all Wars” had on the local home front, Michelle Henry, Chautauqua County historian and CCHS trustee, Todd langworthy, Pomfret historian, are coordinating a Special Centennial Celebration of Armistice Day this Sunday (Veterans Day) at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House.

The event will feature local municipal historians sharing stories about World War I from the county’s various communities.

“Whether it is a story of home front activities, a local soldier or nurse, or wartime production, I’ll bet each of our communities has an interesting story about that time period,” Henry explained.

Participating historians include: Devon Taylor, town of Chautauqua/village of Mayville; Barb Cessna, town of Carroll; Todd Langworthy, town of Pomfret/village of Fredonia; Sharon Howe Sweeting, town of Cherry Creek; Mary Norcross, town of Mina; Pam Brown, town of Harmony/village of Panama; Suzanne Rhebergen, Clymer; and John Sipos, and town of Stockton/village of Cassadaga.

The historians who will be having display tables include Sipos, Norcross, and Rhebergen, along with Barb Wise (Villenova) and Cherie Clark (Ellery/Bemus Point).

In addition the county historical society will share details of Silver Creek resident Pvt. Cecil Barbeau’s diary, focusing on his time and service in Europe. Tragically, Barbeau passed away just a short time after the conclusion of the war, dying from complications suffered from exposure to toxic nerve gas that was used on the Western Front.

The time for the event is 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday again at the Fredonia Opera House. It is free and open to the public.