March 2022

Upcoming Meetings

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Century Buildings of the Area
March 21, 2022

"Century Buildings of the Area" is the topic of the program to be presented by Julia Catalano and Diane Shafer. They will discuss the buildings and our Century Club, which recognizes buildings that are 100 years old. Come and share your story about your 100-year-old building. 

Our monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Sportsman's Club in Conneaut Lake.  It is open to public free of charge. Hall is handicapped accessible and smoke free. Refreshments will follow the program. 

History of the Creation of Pymatuning Reservoir
April 18, 2022

It will be at 7:30 p.m. at Conneaut Lake Sportsmen's Club, east side of Conneaut Lake. This is a fascinating story of our neighboring lake.

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Tentative Programs for Year

This is the tentative list for upcoming programs that have been planned

May 16: Meadville Railroad Museum. Meeting will be at the museum, 136 Mead Ave.,Meadville.

June 20: Fireman's Beach History.

July 18: Oakland Beach Golf Course History. 

Aug. 15: History of the Huidekoper Lake Property by Owner Diane Sutter.

Sept. 19: TBA

Oct. 17: History of Harvesting in the area.

Nov. 31: To be announced.

 

Do you have an idea for other programs you would like? If so, please contact Julia or Diane.

New Gift Idea

We have a new item for sale in the gift shop. It is a stainless steel wine opener with a bottle opener on the other end and a matching wine stopper. It is beautifully boxed and makes a nice gift for a birthday, housewarming, shower or just a "because" gift.

It is inscribed on the handle with "Conneaut Lake, Pa." kn the handle, making it a memorable gift for that somebody special -- or for yourself.

And, the cost is only $10.

You can order it from our gift shop or it is available at the museum, 150 N. Third St., Conneaut Lake.

Although we don't officially open until the first weekend in May, you can contact Jane Smith at 814-337-6377 and make arrangements to meet somebody at the museum to purchase it.

And, if you are a member, don't forget you get a 10 percent discount!

The Blue Streak

As most of you know, the Blue Streak was dismantled recently and is now part of Conneaut Lake Park's history.

If you want to experience the thrill of riding it, please click on the video.

We hope you enjoy the ride -- and the memories!

Special Program Planned

This year is the 100th anniversary of the first edition of the Conneaut Lake Breeze, which was a weekly local newspaper telling all types of local news as well as pages of some national news and fashion items. 

We now have the paper digitized and available online. 

A special program is planned for March 12 from 2 to 4 pm. at the museum, 150 N. Third St., Conneaut Lake.

We will have the paper and the format to access online to demonstrate how to access it from your home.

Stop by and learn the process and then with a click of the mouse, you can sit in your home and read it -- for enjoyment or research.

You simply type in a year and a keyword and the page will appear for you to look at -- and print if you desire.

Or you can just browse the different pages and enjoy how news was written a century ago. It is quite interesting!

Light refreshments will be served. 

Please tell your friends.

Blue Streak Car Donated

One of the exhibits in 2022 will be one of the original cars from the historic Blue Streak at Conneaut Lake Park.

Todd Joseph, the owner of the park, donated it to the society after the Blue Streak was dismantled.

We hope to have it so people can sit in the car and take a picture -- or just reminisce about the memory of the wonderful ride!

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Vestibule Renovations

Work began this week on renovations to the vestibule at the museum. Work includes leveling the floor as well as adding new walls and new decorations. 

It is not only designed to improve the appearance but to make it safer and more energy-efficient.

Funding for the project comes from a $5,000 grant from the Dietrich Foundation!

New Membership Benefits

For all members, the board has voted to add a benefit for the membership. All members purchasing anything from our gift shop (in the museum or on-line) will receive a 10 percent discount on the merchandise. 

It is a way to give back to our volunteers and members. Dues are only $12 a year and if you only buy $120 in gift items over a year, you will save the cost of your dues -- and have beautiful gifts for somebody or for yourself.

The gift shop volunteer will have an updated list of members who are paid up to date (2021).

Legacy Society

We have started a new Legacy Society where you can leave money to the society in your will -- via a bequest, outright cash, insurance policy, etc. You can also donate right now to the Legacy Society with the minimum payment of $1,000.

The historical society appreciates the support of everyone -- present and future!