Sinclairville History Fair nears

SINCLAIRVILLE — The Sinclairville Free Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 for activities in celebration of the 20th Annual Sinclairville History Fair.

Stop by to view the exhibit by Rebecca Jo Rosen of photographs and rubbings from local 19th Century tombstones. Rosen lectures extensively in New York and Pennsylvania on the historical importance of cemeteries and gravestones and will give a presentation on this topic at 1 p.m. She has spent over a decade researching gravestone art in Chautauqua County, New York. A graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia with a degree in anthropology, she is a member of the National Association of Gravestone Studies. Her exhibit will be on display during the months of September and October. Her book, “Reflections: 19th Century Gravestones of Chautauqua County, New York” will be available for purchase at the event. Gravestone rubbing instruction and kits will also be provided.

Face painting and balloon animals will be available following the parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Children are invited to participate in the parade by riding on the library’s float. Line up for the parade begins at 9:30 at the Sinclairville Elementary School. At 11 a.m., Mark Parsons will present a magic show at the library. Chicken barbecue begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Fire Hall at a cost of $10 per dinner. Proceeds benefit the library.

Throughout the day, library visitors may use the Local History Reading room to scan documents or photos to a personal flash drive, and will be available to begin charting family history or add to an existing family tree. The library’s Children’s Room will also be available for children to read books, play games, make crafts and build with blocks and LEGOs.

At 3 p.m., an opportunity drawing will be held with cash prizes. Tickets are available at the library at a cost of $2 each or 3 for $5, with proceeds to benefit the library. For information on these and all other library programs, call 962-5885 and visit the library’s website at