​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Next Meeting: Monday, August 18th: The Mellon Family

 Diane Shafer Domnick will  be guest speaker at the Aug. 17 meeting. Her topic will be "The Mellon Family."  (This is a change from the previously announced program as the scheduled speaker, Don HIlton, cannot come because of the Covid-19 virus.)

Meeting is Monday, August 17th, 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.

Digitization Project
We have exciting news to share.
We have gotten the copies of the Conneaut Lake Breeze (a weekly paper produced in Conneaut Lake from 1922 to the mid-1980s) digitized and now available for the public's use for research.
This means you can pull up a copy of a page on a computer, highlight the article you want and hit print and you have a hard copy!
Or if you don't know what day the article you are seeking, it will allow you to search by a key word.
For example, if you want to know about tornados in the area, you would simply put in a year and month and add the key word. If the tornado struck during that year, it would show the article. 
You can just enter the word tornado and any articles about that subject will show up. However, the company said that takes longer, so we are not certain exactly at this point, how long that would take.
But if you know an approximate date, it will be easy to research.
For example, if you want an article about a wedding, just type in a date or a name and it will immediately appear.
It's a project we have been discussing for many years and are pleased that we were able to get it done this year and offer it. (The board made that decision before the pandemic hit.) 
At any rate, check it out by calling President Chuck Groger at 382-8722. 
We have a computer at the museum that can be used, so you don't have to take your own.
We have copies of the Community News that we hope to start getting done as well -- as soon as we can afford to continue this. We believe it will be a great resource tool and we are happy we have got it started.
The research is free, but if you make multiple copies of pages, the charge would be the standard 25 cents a page (to cover cost of ink and paper).

Cruise-in Rescheduled
The annual classic cruise-in scheduled for July was cancelled because of the rain. It has been rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29, at the museum. Registration will start at 9 a.m. followed by the show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Registration is $5 and may be sent to the Conneaut Lake Area Historical Society, PO Box 425, Conneaut Lake, 16316, Attention: Chuck Groger. Prizes will be awarded for people's choice and best of show. A 50/50 raffle will be held and plans are to display and hopefully start the Liberty the Second at noon.
The museum will be open that day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Both the show and the museum are open to the public, free of charge.
More information about the cruise in: Call Groger at 382-8722.

Cribbage Boards 
We have a special new gift for sale: Cribbage boards featuring the 3-D outline of Conneaut Lake and./or Pymatuning Lake.
These are unique and would make great gifts for those who love the lake and playing cribbage. Cost is only $50.
We only have three of these available at this time -- two of Conneaut Lake and one Pymatuning Lake.
However, we can order more, but it takes about two months so if you are interested in one as a Christmas gift, please contact Jane Smith at 337-6377.

Crawford Gives
We are participating in the special Crawford Gives program being sponsored by the Crawford Heritage Community Foundation. It is set for two days -- Aug. 10 and 11.
Here's how it works. You can go on-line and donate with a credit card and note it is for the historical society. Or, you can send a check made out to the Crawford Heritage Community Foundation and send it to PO Box 933, Meadville, 16335 r deliver it or cash in person to the office at 415 Chestnut St., Meadville.
Funds received are matched according to a formula set up by the foundation. 
It is an easy way to support us (and other non-profits) and all donations are tax-deductible.
Thank you in advance for your consideration. All proceeds will be used to accomplish our mission to preserve our history for the future.

Rutherford Bequest
We are pleased to announce that we have received a substantial bequest from the estate of the late George Rutherford, who has you may remember was one of the founding members of our society. He was a wonderful person and a great member of the society.
He also was a very generous person and we are extremely appreciative of his generosity.

We have received a wonderful gift of the surgical tools of the late Dr. William J. Marshall, who operated a hospital in Geneva, from Dick and Jan Williams. They also donated his office chair. Plans are to have those as a new exhibit in 2021.
Other archives received this past month were:
Two plates depicting the Orphan Train from Bob Disko.
A Conneaut Lake Centennial plate from Roberta Alexander.

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.

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!

July  2020 News