June  2020 News

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Next Meeting: Monday, July 20th: Miniature Train at Conneaut Lake Park

 We are back! Next meeting will be about raising Liberty the Second and its history. Speakers will be Brian Simpson and Bill Houghton, the two divers who brought the speedboat up from the bottom of the lake after 63 years! The boat will be on display and plans are to start the engine! 

Meeting is Monday, July 20, at 7:30 p. at our new meeting site -- the Conneaut Lake Sportsmen's Club, located on Sportsmen's Road, just off Route 18. The meeting is open to the public, free of charge. Refreshments will be served. Plans are to hold the meeting outside and then move inside for the business meeting.

Cruise- in Scheduled
Although many of our events have had to be canceled because of the Covid-19 virus, our annual Conneaut Lake Classic Cruise-in is still set for Saturday, July 11, at 10 a.m. Cars can be registered in advance by contacting Chuck Groger, chairman, at 382-8722 or by sending $5 fee to him at P.O. Box 425, Conneaut Lake, Pa., 16335.
Awards will be presented to best of show and people's choice. A 50-50 raffle will be held and door prizes will be awarded to those registering cars.
The event is open to the public, free of charge. 
The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day as well. It too is free of charge.

Golf Outing
The second annual Conneaut Lake Area Historical Society Golf Tournament is set for Sept. 10 at Oakland Beach Golf Course. 
Tee time is 8 a.m. Cost is $60 per golfer, which includes the golf, lunch and snacks. A foursome is $240.
Team mulligans is $20 and team skins, $20.
We also are seeking sponsors, with sponsorships ranging from $50 to $1,500.
The platinum is $1,500 and includes golf for eight people.
Gold is $1,000 and includes golf for four people.
Silver is $500 and includes golf for two people.
Bronze is $100 and includes a tee sponsorship.
A $50 sponsorship includes our sincere thanks and appreciation.
Various baskets also will be raffled, including items from auto care to historical to food items, etc.
Registrations with names of golfers and sponsorship money can be sent by check to Conneaut Lake Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 425, Conneaut Lake, Pa., 16316.
Thank you in advance for your participation.

Other upcoming programs:
A list of upcoming programs is below, so you can mark your calendars.
Aug. 17: Boats on Conneaut Lake by Don Hilton
Sept. 23, Groups Who Played at Dreamland Ballroom by Chuck Groger
Oct. 19: Jones Brothers (Darryl and Lynn), Days Playing Major League Baseball
Nov. 16: Mellon Family by Diane Domnick

Murals Finished
Conneaut School District students have completed painting four window murals, which will be installed at the south side of the museum to replace some fake windows that were starting to look pretty shabby.
The murals depict various scenes of the town and museum.
They will be installed this summer for others to enjoy.

New Exhibits! 
It's exciting time to announce some new exhibits completed over the winter months. One is of the Jones Brothers -- Darryl and Lynn -- of Harmonsburg. The display chronicles their achievements from playing Little League baseball to the Major Leagues and all the events in between. 

A second one is the speedboat which the late Bill Ott drove to various championships. The display also includes photographs and the jumpsuit he wore during the various races.

Others include Camp Lend-a-Hand and music.

Also in progress is a timeline showing events over the years, including world, national, state and local events. Another in progress exhibit is a three-dimensional exhibit showing the ice house industry, including ice houses and the elevators.

The museum is open from 2 to 5 every Saturday and Sunday from now until mid-October or by appointment by calling 382-8722 or 814-724-9841.

Facebook Addition
We have another new activity to share. Erin Wheeler, daughter of Julia Luty Catalano, is presenting about a 10-minute video each week on the Conneaut Lake Area Historical Society's Facebook page.
She offered to do this and we gave her a huge green light. In the video, she gives a brief capsule of some of our great history. So far they have included ice house, Conneaut LakePark and the railroads. She is accepting suggestions for other topics.
She is doing a wonderful job! She is very personable, articulate and has done a wonderful job.
Please check out our Facebook page and share it so others can learn about our rich history.

You can still order gifts from our gift shop if you need a special gift for Father's Day or graduation. We do have the Bronson Luty book available now for a cost of $20, plus tax and shipping, if not local. It would make a great gift for history buffs particularly.

New Meeting Place
We now have a new site for our monthly meetings. Since the Conneaut Lake Park VFD hall has closed, we had to look for a new site. Conneaut Lake Sportsmen's Club has graciously offered its club house to us. It is located off Route 18 on Sportsmen's Road. Please spread the word. Our meetings are the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. and are open to the public, free of charge.

Luty Book Now Available
Years ago, Bronson Luty wrote a book, "The Lake as it Was," a informal and memoir of Conneaut Lake, and it quickly became very popular and was out of print. We asked the Luty family to have it reprinted and it is now available.
Cost is $20, plus $1.20 and if mailed, $3 for mailing.
It is a neat book and gives a lot of history of the town and the area as well as many pictures.
It is a soft cover and is 110 pages.
If you are interested, you can contact Jane Smith at 337-6377; Julia Catalano at 724-9841. It also is available at the Tattered Corners Book Shop in Meadville or the Crawford County Historical Society or at our museum when it opens in May. 
Proceeds from the book sold by Jane or at the museum benefit our society.

Volunteers Needed
We need volunteers to serve as docents -- another word for tour guides -- at the museum on Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m.
You need not be a great historian to serve. Duties are to welcome guests, give them a brief explanation of the museum (we give you the information) and to sell any gift items they may want.
It's always interesting to hear the guests talk about their memories and a great way to share your memories as well!
Interested: Contact Chuck Groger at 382-8722.

New Gift Items
We recently purchased a number of specialty t-shirts and golf shirts from Stitch Art and are offering them to our guests. They are in various sizes, styles and colors, but cannot be special ordered. Most have just the wording Conneaut Lake (not historical society). Some have special beads that make the t-shirts a little dressier. The golf shirts have Conneaut Lake on the front in the pocket area and are in different colors.
If you are interested, stop at the museum and check them out. They are really neat!