April 2022

Upcoming Meetings

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History of the Creation of Pymatuning ReservoirApril 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.

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. 

May 16th - "Meadville Railroad Museum" (presented at Mdv RR Depot, 136 Mead Ave, Mdv)"

Presented by Bernie Hanmore, French Creek Valley Railroad Historical Society President and Ed Cronin, Treasurer 

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Museum Opening Soon

May is just around the corner and that means our museum at 150 N. Third St., Conneaut Lake, will soon be open.

We open the first Saturday of the month, May 7. We will be open every weekend with hours on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m.

Please schedule some time to check out our new exhibits and our renovated vestibule!

There is no admission fee and the building is handicapped accessible!

We have a gift shop with all types of items -- from books to clothing to decorative items.

If you can't make it during regular hours, you can schedule an appointment by calling Chuck Groger at 814-382-8722 or Julia Catalano at 814-724-9841.

Memorial Day

We also will be open on Memorial Day from 10 a.m. to about 1 or 2. 

Stop after the Memorial Day parade and ceremony. We will have hot dogs and snacks available to purchase.

Crawford Gives Date Set

We will once again participate in the annual Crawford Gives sponsored by the Crawford Heritage Foundation. It will be held Aug. 29 and 30.

As you may remember, this is a time for people to make special donations to various 501-c organizations. A portion of the money designated for each organization is matched so we all win.

You can send a check during that time, or call a phone number and charge the donation or take cash to the Foundation office on Chestnut Street.

Last year, we received more than $5,000 in donations. It helped to make up for the loss of our proceeds generally raised by our Conneaut Lake Cuisine. As you know, we have not been able to hold it for the past two years. We again have chosen not to ask our restaurant and food vendors to do that again this year because of the economic conditions.

Please consider marking your calendars and donating to us in this special program.

For more information, www.crawfordgives.org.

Thanks in advance for your help! Please spread the word to others!

All donations are tax deductible!

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 $12.

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!

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!