September  2020 News

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Next Meeting: Monday, October 19th: The Jones Brothers

The Jones Brothers, Darryl and Lynn, formerly of Harmonsburg and who both played in the Major League Baseball will be guest speaker at the Oct. 19 meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Conneaut Lake Sportsmen's Club, just off Route 18, Conneaut Lake. They will talk about their experience playing in the big leagues. Social distancing and masks are required. The meeting is open to the public, free of charge. The building is handicapped accessible.

Golf Tournament a Success
The second annual Golf Tournament was a great success with 96 golfers, lots of fun and laughter and the society realized a profit of more than $12,000! Great team work and congratulations go to Dave White and John Leasure, co-chairmen; and to all the committee members. 
The date for next year's tournament is July 22 - so mark your calendars and spread the word.

Small Business Sale
Our annual "Small Business" or "Shop Local" sale will be Saturday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum at 150 N. Third St., Conneaut Lake. As you may recall, this is a date that is special for Christmas shopping -- or just to buy something.

We will have a new Christmas ornament from Wendell Forge -- an engraved ornament with a picture of the Beach Club on it. It can be used as an ornament or we have small stands available for $5 that you can use it as a decoration in the home. The ornament will be $15.

We also have new cribbage boards -- with the three-dimensional outline of either Conneaut Lake or Pymatuning Lake. These are really neat and sell for $50. Very nice gifts especially for those who enjoy something pertaining to either lake. We only have one of each so if you don't want to take a chance that it will still be available on Nov.28, call Jane Smith at 814-337-6377 and reserve it. We can special order more, but if you want it for Christmas, it must be ordered by Nov. 1.

We also have in stock the clocks, large framed pictures and small unframed (8 by 10) picture, using the three dimensional features. The clocks are $85, the large pictures, $150 and the smaller picture, $40. The are very unique and we are proud to offer them. 

In addition to our regular items -- books, clothing and etc., we also will offer some "one of a kind" items. These are from our inventory and are duplicates of items we already have so the board agreed to offer them for sale. Included are some of the small embossed souvenir plates from Exposition Park, featuring various pictures of boats and other items from the early 1900s. They are unique as well.
And, we have some special "gift" type items donated by Dave Lynch and his wife, Kathy, who are moving to Florida and don't want to take them with them. There are not only unique gifts, but also some art. These too are one of a kind.

We hope to have another unique gift available as well, tu more details about that will be made next month.
Stop by and tell your friends. It's a great opportunity to do one-stop shopping at a local shop and help our society all at the same time.

Time Line is Up
We have an awesome new display -- a timeline depicting events from both national and international along with state and local. Designed and made by Kevin Parsons, assistant director of the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau, it is truly beautiful and gives a visual history lesson. We used funds from our memorial account to pay for it and we are pleased to showcase it. 

Ice House Diorama
Gary Worthington has completed an ice house diorama (also an awesome exhibit) which now is on display in the museum lobby. Built to scale, it depicts the ice house industry, which was a big business in the early 1900s to early 1930s when 100,000 tons of ice were harvested from the lake and shipped via rail to places like Pittsburgh, Cleveland New York.

Heather Shean painted a mural which is on the wall behind the display, adding to the exhibit.
We are so pleased to offer this for visitors to see the visual depicted of what the ice houses were like. It includes the incline used to take the ice from the lake to the top of the houses for storage -- wrapped in sawdust! 

Museum is closing
The museum will close for the winter on Sunday, Oct. 11. However, special appointments can be made for tours or to purchase gifts by calling Chuck Groger at 382-8722 and arrangements can be made to do that.

New Research Tool Available

We have exciting news for those wishing to do some research between the years 1922 and 1988.

We have gotten the Conneaut Lake Breeze paper – a weekly paper printed in Conneaut Lake during that period – digitized.

That means the paper is available to view – and print an article – via a computer.

The way the process works is simple. You just open up the program to a year you believe the event you are researching was held. Then you type in a word (or phrase) and the computer will pull up all the articles pertaining to that word or phrase.

For example, you are researching the various hotels that were operating in the area during that time. Type in the word “hotel” and any time the word is mentioned in the paper, the article will appear.

If nothing appears for that year, the next move is simple. Jut type in another year!

We have been wanting to do this for a long time, but finances prevented it. It is such a great tool for researchers who no longer will have to look through microfilm!

And, even better news is here!

We just received a grant from the Dietrich Foundation to continue this work, allowing us to start digitizing the Community News, which is the local paper which took over when the Breeze folded.

It will be a few months until that work is done, but we are excited to offer it to everybody – free of charge.

If you want to research what we now have, contact Chuck Groger, president, at 382-8722 and he can set up a time for you to do so!

Announcement will be forthcoming when the Community News is complete!

Christmas is Coming!

I know summer is not over yet, but this is the last newsletter before Christmas and wanted to be certain you know about special gifts available in our gift shop and on-line.

We have a special game to offer this year – Cribbage. The board is shaped with the 3D dimension of Conneaut Lake (or Pymatuning Lake) showing the various levels of the lakes and the surrounding streets listed. It is very unique and we think would be a great gift idea for that “rd to buy for” person – especially if they have ties to Conneaut Lake or Pymatuning.

We only have three in stock – two from Conneaut Lake and one from Pymatuning. Cost is $50 (plus tax). We can order more, but the company said orders must be received by mid-November to ensure delivery by Christmas.

So if you are interested, please contact Jane Smith, 337-6377 or at or go on-line at

We also have mugs ($5), clocks, $85; 16 by 20 picture with the 3-D dimension for $150, 8 by 10 unframed pictures of the dimensional picture for $40; as well as numerous books, ranging from $1 to $25. And, for those liking clothes, we have t-shirts for kids, adults, sweatshirts and hoodies. Prices range from $5 (for kids, which has a very limited supply), to $12 for t-shirts; $20 for sweatshirts and $25 for hoodies with no zipper and $30 for those with zipper. If we don’t have the size or color you want, we can order it. The key again is to give us plenty of time to be sure you get it for Christmas.

We will have our annual Shop Local sale on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum. If you need something special ordered though, please don’t wait as that is later this year than usual.

Check our website for more suggestions!

And, I know it’s early, but Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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.

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 clubhouse 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.

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!