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July 2024

Upcoming Meetings

Boxing at Conneaut Lake Park
July 15th

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"Boxing at Conneaut Lake Park", featuring history of world heavyweight champion Max Schmeling at CLP. Jean Shanley will be speaker and will present other historical stories about boxing at the park. 

Our monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. (note time change) at the Sportsman's Club in Conneaut Lake.  It is open to the public free of charge. Hall is handicapped-accessible and smoke-free. Refreshments will follow the program. 

Conneaut Lake Park History
August 19th

August is "Conneaut Lake Park History" by Marcy Laderer and Gore Range. It is a history of the park. 

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Quilt show is July 13

Digitizing Program

We are now engaged in a program that will digitize all 46,000 of our artifacts.  It involves scanning each item onto a computer, which will preserve the item.  Currently, our system only tells what the item is.

Example: Picture of Hotel Conneaut.  By digitizing it, the actual picture of the hotel is captured.

We are excited about this program as it will preserve our history should some catastrophe occur.

To date, 19 books out of about 100 books have been scanned.

In addition to those books from the research center, we also have obituaries and other published books to scan as well as the items in the museum. So you can see we still have a lot of work ahead of us.

If you are interested in helping, we would love to have you. This winter, we had three "pairs" of scanners, but summertime has meant many of those aren't available. Scanners work in teams of two -- at their own schedule.


If you would like to help, please contact Bob Hilton  814-382-4328 or Julia Catalano at 814-724-9841.

Crawford Gives

For those unable to do physical work for the society, there is another way to serve.

If you are able, you can make a monetary donation through Crawford Gives.

The program, operated by Crawford Heritage Foundation, receives donates during a four-day period.

This year it begins at 12 a.m. on Aug. 24 and ends at midnight Aug. 27.

During that time, you can go to the website: and donate, using a credit card.

Or you can send a check to Crawford Gives, P.O. Box 933, Meadville, Pa., 16335. Please mail it early enough that it is received by midnight Aug. 27.

Or you can take a donation to the foundation at 415 Chestnut St., Meadville.

Please note your donation is for the Conneaut Lake Area Historical Society.

Once all the receipts are totaled, the foundation adds a percentage of the donation to the total and we receive that "match" as well.

It's one way to help the society gain a little more money and the "match" is an "extra" for us.

Last year we received more than $7,000 from Crawford Gives with about 20 donors.

We would love to beat that total.

Please spread the word. You need not be a member to donate! 

And, we are a 501-C-3 so all your donations are tax-deductible! 

Thanks in advance.

Our 25th Anniversary

As you remember, this is our 25th anniversary and Jean Shanley is chairman of the overall committee.

We will have one "special event" each month in addition to our regular program.

June's event will be the annual golf tournament at Oakland Beach Golf Course with David White and John Leasure as co-chairmen.  It will be June 21.

In July, we will have a quilt show as a special event. It will be July 13 the quilt show from 10 to 2 p.m. at the museum. Of course, will will also have the car show on July 6.

A "Quilts of Valor" service will begin at 9 a.m. and is open to the public as we honor four local veterans.

We are accepting quilts for display. Anyone wishing to enter a quilt may take them to the museum Monday through Wednesday the week before the show. We will be at the museum from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. 

A special "People's Choice" award will be given.

A skeeball tournament will be the August event -- in addition to the annual Paddlefest on Aug. 3.

The skeeball tournament will be Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum. Anyone wishing to participate may register that morning at 9 a.m. There is no registration fee.

In September,  we will introduce our first seven recipients of the Century Club plaques. Plaques are given to homes which are at least 100 years old. We will make the presentations at a date in September. Plans are to award plaques each year.

In October, will return to Conneaut Lake Park to participate in the annual Pumpkin Fest.

Please mark your calendars and plan to come and enjoy the festivities.

Tiki Bar Night

Conneaut Lake Area Historical Society will be host for a special event on Aug. 13 at the Tiki Bar at Conneaut Lake Park.

The program features guest bartenders at the bar and a portion of the proceeds goes to the historical society.

We are making plans for a special event that night.

It is, of course, open to the public free of charge. More details will be announced as we get closer to the date!

Do you have a quilt you would like to show others?

Now is your chance.

We are having a quilt show July 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at the museum.

We are accepting quilts for display.

Quilts may be taken to the museum through Saturday, July 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Quilts will be display and a People's Choice cash prize awarded.

The event is part of our 25th anniversary celebration in recognition of previous quilts shows held in the community.

The show itself will start with a Quilts of Valor program at 9 a.m. with Quilts of Valor to be presented to Bob Eiler, Joal Wolf, Jim Herchenroether and Bob Moss.

Please join us to honor these four veterans and enjoy our quilt show.

All are open to the public, free of charge.

We will host a Skee ball tournament Aug. 10 starting at 10 a.m. at the museum.

The first 75 people to show up to participate will be given the opportunity to roll one game.

Then the top five scorers will "roll off" to determine the grand champion.

There is no fee to enter. The winner will receive a prize and bragging rights.

Please join us for this fun event that is part of our 25th anniversary celebration.

There is advance registration required.

Skee Ball Tournament

A new book, "Summer Solstice," by Jeanette Curry is now available at the museum and on-line in our gift shop.

Jeanette is a 1968 graduate of Conneaut Lake Area High School.

The book is a fiction romance novel with a bit of intrigue, history and pickle ball hints all wrapped into this delightful story.

The book starts with a woman receiving notice she has been left a gray cottage at Conneaut Lake, Pa., by her father, who she never knew. She leaves her southern home to travel to Conneaut Lake to check out this cottage (which is located a block from the Iroquois Club on the east side) and meet a half-brother she never knew she had. She had lots of questions to have answered. Why did a father who never acknowledged in his life leave her this cottage? Would her half-brother accept her? If she moved  to Conneaut Lake, would the town accept her? And more. Upon arriving in Conneaut Lake, she discovers her father was a wealthy man who owned lots of property and was well known in the community. Included in the property he owns is the former Conneaut Lake Park.

The novel -- all fiction -- includes many references to local places and is an easy read.

It is available in our gift shop.

New Book Available

Check our gift shop for other items we have added that we failed to add to the shop when we first got them.

They include Wendell August Forge ornaments of Hotel Conneaut, Dreamland Ballroom and the miniature train at Conneaut Lake Park.

They all are designed to bring back fond memories of events at those sites.


Also, we have wine glasses with the Blue Streak engraved on them. a set of two in a nice black cardboard box. 


All of the above items make wonderful gifts -- for you or someone else who has a favorite memory of Conneaut Lake.

Other gift items

Golf Tournament a Success

The sixth annual Conneaut Lake Area Historical Society was a great success.
We had beautiful weather, 32 teams and lots of prizes and fun.
It also was a great financial success because of our wonderful sponsors, golfers, and community support.
Thanks to the committee, headed by Dave White and John Leasure for all the hard work.
Thanks as well to Donnie Z for singing our National Anthem again this year.
And, thanks to all our society members for the pre-event and clean-up after.
And, thanks to Oakland Beach for hosting us and Fore Shore for the wonderful lunch.
As they say, 'A good time was had by all!"


The White Family



Terry and Monette Littlepage Glen and Nancy Moss



Robert and Kathy Moss

Fred and Melanie DePalma

VFW Post 7842



Bank of America

Lakeview Ford

Walnut Creek Golf Course

Small's Bar and Grill, LC

Frye, Miller and Associates (Merrill Lynch)

Jeanette Williams (In memory of Dick Williams)

Silver Shores



Richard Harned

Rosemary Freas

Tom and Mary Donegan

Bil Gregg, Attorney

Meadville Medical Center

Jeff and Kathy Cooper

Sue Kesler (In memory of Vern & Joan Kesler)

Rich Cosner

Richard Pitts Agency

Bruce and Cindy Nicols

Frank and Judith Winkle

Griffin Motors Channellock

Shaffer Financial

Triple State Family Auction

J.C. Ziccardi Builders

Bill's Midway Marina

Rose and Waid Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc.

ReMax Lakeland Realty

David Schepner - Howard Hanna Bainbridge Kaufman

Hudson Property Mgmt.


Barbara JCruises (Tee)

Barbara JCruises (Hole)

David and Kathy Lynch

Barbara Moyers

Lakeside Beer Distributor

Dr. Michael and Lauren Ghassibi

Ken and Jean Lobsinger

Richard and Lori Hensler

Rising River Brewery

Street Track'N Trail Inc.

David Perfett Tax Service

Dr. Robert Bazylak French Creek Internal Medicine

Specialty Supply

Charles and Kathleen Groger Jr.

McCandless Ford


Shipton's Carpet

Darwin and Roberta Alexander

B.J. Murray (In memory of Tim &Juanita Murray)

Gary Hough

Crawford County Convention and Visitor's Bureau

John & Pam Leasure

Rich &Carol Osborn

Timberland Floral

Tricia Deemer

The Luty Family

Nancy O'Neill (Tee)

Nancy O'Neill (Hole)

The Hilton Family



John and Martha Lauffer

Home Depot

Bil and Sandy Eldridge

Cris and Jane Myers

Pizza Joe's

William Rhodes

James Donegan



Wes Miller (Merrill Lynch)


Oakland Beach Golf Course

Home Depot

Al's Melons

Zatsick's Golden Dawn

Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Hank's Frozen Custard

Miller's Food Factory

John & Pam Leasure



Gettysburg Wines - David and Jan White

Linen Poster - David and Jan White

Park Lane Jewelry (1) - Karen Jablonski

Park Lane Jewelry (2) - Karen Jablonski

Sheetz Basket

Garden Basket - Dr. Jennifer Boudreau

Wendell August Forge Wine Glasses - CL Area Historical Society Conneaut Lake

Decorative Clock - CL Area Historical Society

Joker's Wild Patriotic Burn

Teeka K-9 Tricks

4 Person Dome Tent - Walmart

Spinette Twirling Club

Dickson Funeral Home & Crematorium

Lottery Basket - Karen Unger



Wine Basket - Directors and Committee Members CLAHS

Spirit Basket - Directors and Committee Members CLAHS

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