August 2021

Upcoming Meetings

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Monday, August 16th 7:30 p.m.
The Watering Holes of Conneaut Lake

Presented by Bob Hilton

Join Bob Hilton as he shares history of local places where people gathered to share a favorite beverage and share time with friends. Come and hear about the history of some of the places and share some of your favorite stories!

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. 

September 20th 7:30 p.m.
History of Fireman's Beach

Presented by Terry Olah

Terry will trace the beginnings of the beach to the recently renovated Fireman's Beach. The property on which Fireman’s Beach is located was part of the proposed settlement laid out and supported by John Alden, which he named Aldenia, hence the name Aldena Drive.  Learn about how it has evolved through the years and is enjoyed as a beautiful public beach and recreation spot.

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New Ornament

Our new ornament is here. Made by Wendell August Forge, it features the Tumble Bug with a small card outlining the history of the great ride that now is a memory at Conneaut Lake Park. It makes a great gift or a keepsake for yourself of the fun memories of this ride. Cost is only $12 plus 72 cents tax. If you want it shipped, add $1. It is available online in our gift shop or at the museum or send a check to CLAHS, P.O. Box 425, Conneaut Lake, 16316. This MAY be a limited quantity.  We will only re-order if we have a substantial number of requests, so if you want one, please order early so you won't be disappointed.

We only had 150 made!

Price Reduced on Other Ornaments

We have a limited supply of two prior Wendell August ornaments -- the merry go round from the early 1900s (only about 8 left) and the Beach Club (about 40 left). We reduced the price to match the new ornament and they now will be $12 as well. Plus of course, the 72 cents tax.

These can be ordered online or pay mailing check and are at the museum. 

Museum Hours

Our museum hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Special appointments can be made by calling Chuck Groger at 814-382-8722 or Julia Catalano at 814-724-9841.


We had a very successful cruise in with 50 cars and gorgeous weather. Eric Fox won both awards this year -- best of show and people's choice. Other prizes were won by Rich Roberts, Randy Detzel, Dorothy Hall, Phil Nagle, Dave Zolnai, John Hays, Ray Rhodes and Bob Egger. 

Special prizes were donated by Ice House Pizzeria and Cool 101.7.

Many people toured the museum as well. It was a fun day. See pictures of the many cars under our Events page on this site.

Mark your calendars for next year. It's the first Saturday after July 4!

Golf Tournament

We also have a very successful golf tournament with many sponsors and 102 golfers! We again had beautiful weather, displays, raffles and lost of laughter. We had many financial sponsors, which made the event not only a great day, but a financial success.

Sponsors were:

Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Littlepage, David and Janet White, Matthew Frye, Cindy and Bruce Nicolls, Jeffrey and Kathy Cooper, Jean Lobsinger, Jean Lobsinger, White Family (Kevin, Karen and Steve), Richard Harned, Kathy and Robert Moss, Sue Kessler, William and Sandy Eldridge, Shipton's Carpet Co., Frank and Judith Winkle, Lakeview Ford, John Leasure, Conneaut Lake Notary, Rich and Carol Osborn, Lakeside Beer, Rick Walter, William Gregg, Tom and Mary Donegan, Melody Sherry, Centerline Collison, R. K. Fine Foods, Glenn Moss, Barbara Moyers, Rodger Nydes, Luty Family, Carol's Cuts, James Douglas, Marquette Savings Bank, Nancy O'Neill, Specialty Supply, James Donegan, Gary Baker, Donald Burchfield, Charles Groger Jr., Bank of America, James Britton, Erie Bank, Darwin and Roberta Alexander, Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Channellock, Bush Investments, Pamela Everett, Harry Doutt, John and Mary Lauffler, Clark and Marie Pettibon, Team Lake, Rich Cosner, B. J. Murray, Jane Smith in memory of DeWayne Groger, David and Kathy Lynch, Darryl and Gina Jones, Michael and Lauren Ghassibi, Cathy Unger, Lee Langley, McCandless Ford, Griffin Motors, Waid-Coleman Funeral Home,, William Rhodes, Jacqueline Randour, Lina Hall, Jerilyn Greaf, Pat Baldwin, Pizza Joe's, Ram Tool,  Conneaut Lake Area Business Association and UPMC, Hamot.

We will have pictures on next month's Web site.

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!

Crawford Gives

Our historical society will once again participate in Crawford Heritage Community Foundation's "Crawford Gives" program.

It will be held Aug. 30 and 31.

The foundation will take donations designated for the society and will match the donations according to a predetermined formula.

All one has to do is call and give a credit card number or mail or take a check made out to the foundation and noted for the historical society during the hours of the two-day event.

Last year, we raised a little more than $3,500 and we hope raise more this year.

With the Covid-19 pandemic, we had to cancel our cuisine last year and this year, so that money actually replaced what we lost by not having the cuisine, whcih has always had a $3,000 profit.

We are grateful to the foundation for sponsoring this event and encourage people to give -- no matter what the amount.

Funds are used toward completing our mission of preserving our history.

Watch for more information in coming months!