January 2021 News

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Next Meeting: No Meetings Until March

As tradition, we will not have any monthly meetings until March because the probable winter weather. We hope you have a wonderful and safe winter. See you in March.

New Legacy Society
As we look to the future, the historical society has created a new Conneaut Lake Area Historical Society Legacy Society. It is designed to allow anyone to make financial gifts to the society to ensure our future. 
You can support us through five techniques and opportunities: Make an outright gift to the Legacy Society; Designate the society in your will; name CLAHS as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy proceeds; name CLAHS as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401K, 403B or retirement plan; use transfer of death or payable on death instructions on your non-retirement accounts.
More information: Call Jane Smith at 814-337-6377. Thanks for your interest.

Century Club
Do you have a house or business in the Conneaut Lake area that is 100 years old or more? If you do, the society would like to recognize it with a small plaque, noting its history.
If you are interested, please contact Julia Catalano at 814-724-9841 or Diane Domnick at 814-382-1415 for more information. There is no cost to the program; it is designed to highlight our historic places.
If you know of somebody in the area who has such a home/business, please tell them as well.
Thanks in advance for your help! We want to be certain these treasurers are marked for future generations!

Technical Help and Support Needed
As we venture into more technology we are seeking assistance from our membership to guide and assist us in establishing and maintaining a presence on social media.
The assistance could range from occasional fielding of questions over the phone or by text to full hands-on assistance with creating and posting articles, photos, videos, etc. If you think you could be of help, please don't hesitate to contact Bob Hilton at 814-382-4328.
Thank you in advance.

Newspaper Records Available
We have completed the digitization of the Conneaut Lake Breeze and Community News and that information is now available at the museum.
The program allows users to check the paper for old records -- dating back to 1920 and print copies of the newspaper articles.
You only need an approximate year and you type in a word and all the articles with that word quickly appear.
It only takes a few minutes. If you have the wrong year, just change it to another one and do the same process!
We think it will be a valuable tool for those doing research. 
We are working on making that information available on the web site in the future -- but that will take a while to get everything in place.
In the meantime, you can make an appointment to go to the museum and use the computer at no cost to check this out!
We are excited. As you may recall, we got a grant from the Dietrich Foundation to accomplish this project!
In addition, we gave a copy of the program to the Linesville Historical Society in exchange for the generosity of Dave Schaef, owner of the Community News for allowing us to use his papers for the project as well.

Museum is Closed for winter
We are closed for the winter, but will allow people to tour or use the research center by calling and making an appointment. Call Chuck Groger at 814-382-8711 or Julia Catalano at 814-724-9841.

New Items
We are excited to announce new items for purchase.

We have a new "Find a Word" book -- with all the words associated with Conneaut Lake. It has 52 different puzzles, plus a page about the historical society's museum and a page of black and white pictures. The book includes all different types of categories: Names of teachers, members of the state champion sports teams, Conneaut Lake Park rides, etc. It is quite unique, and we are selling it for only $3. Makes a great Christmas gift for young and old alike. In addition to being fun to play, we are hopeful that families and or groups of people will talk about the names and educate themselves about our history. It is available in our online gift shop or in person in our gift shop.  We hope to have it available at some Conneaut Lake businesses and will keep you posted!

The second new items is a Wendell August Forge Christmas ornament featuring a picture of the Beach Club. If you have special memories of the Beach Club, it is sure to bring back those memories. It will be only $20 and available by contacting Jane Smith at 337-6377 or at grandmagjane@zoominternet.net or ordering online.

We also have the Conneaut Lake and Pymatuning clocks ($85) , large three-dimensional pictures ($150)  and 8 by 10 (unframed) three-dimensional pictures ($45) as well as numerous books -- ranging from $1 to $30. Another new items this year (we only have one of each in stock) are cribbage boards featuring the three dimensional of the lake -- be it Conneaut Lake or Pymatuning. They are $50.

We have many t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies available. However, they are limited in size and color, so if you are interested in ordering one, contact Jane and she will take care of you so you can the one you want for that special gift!

Many of these items are available only at the museum or a Conneaut Lake business which offers to help sell them. The three-dimensional items are available on-line at the company which designed and made them, but the price is much higher as we get a special rate as we buy them in bulk.

However, the "bulk" isn't very many, so if you are interested, please contact Jane ASAP so nobody is disappointed!

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!