Conneaut Lake Breeze 100th Anniversary Celebration
The first issue of the Conneaut Lake Breeze was published on March 1, 1922. To celebrate this 100th Anniversary, the Historical Society hosted an event at the museum on Saturday, March 12 to thank our supporters and to share this valuable resource with the community.
The Conneaut Lake Area Historical Society is honored to have in our collection every issue of 67 years of this weekly newspaper in original paper, microfilm, and now in digital, searchable format. We are thankful to our supporters who have made this possible, including Margaret Shontz Memorial Library, the Dietrich Foundation, and numerous grants, donations, technical assistance, committed volunteers and the vision of our founders and early historical society members who recognized the Breeze as the priceless archive it is.
Guests at the event enjoyed displays of Breeze issues and articles of interest through the years, learned about the history of the Breeze in our community and shared memories and stories. They also learned how to access the Breeze in our Research Center as well as online from the comfort of their home. Our visitors also enjoyed touring the museum and seeing some of our projects being worked on for the upcoming season.
A short program included Chuck Groger, Historical Society President, Bobbie Moyers, Founding Member of Historical Society, Diane Helbig, District Director of the Office of Senator Michele Brooks presenting the Historical Society with a Congratulatory Citation, Ruth Young, Director of Shontz Memorial Library, Kathe McKay, Board Member of Shontz Memorial Library, presenting a historic letter written by a Civil War Veteran, Greg Bush , local Representative of the Dietrich Foundation, Dale Pysher, Board Member who introduced Melanie Morian and members of the 1981 Conneaut Lake Girls State Basketball Championship Team and Bob Hilton, Board Member who spearheaded the Breeze On-Line Project.
Many thanks to all who participated in the event. If you would like more information on the Breeze and how to access, please call 814-724-9841.
If you have driven past the Conneaut Lake Area Historical Society museum recently, you may have noticed 4 new murals on the south side of the building. These were created by 3 now-graduated CASH art students- Kylie Longstreth, Emma Wilson and Shay Shuttleworth- with the cooperation of now-retired CASH art teacher, Mike Vorisek. On Saturday, August 28th, a reception was held at the museum to recognize and thank these young women for their hard work and their creations. Kylie and Emma attended, accompanied by family members. Unfortunately, Shay and Mr. Vorisek were unable to attend.
As sophomores, the three students toured the museum to get ideas for their panels. They then did sketches of proposed ideas which were refined and eventually transferred to the large panels. They then painted the panels which were recently mounted on the museum wall. Emma chose to do a panel recognizing Conneaut Lake High School sports and other activities, Kylie created a panel showing notable signs from around the area and Shay painted a scene of water-skiing on the lake. With 3 artists and 4 panels, Emma and Kylie worked together to make a panel honoring the area scouting programs. The panels are a colorful and welcome addition to the exterior of our museum.
After the families and museum members viewed the panels and photos were taken, the attendees enjoyed refreshments and conversation in the museum office. Finally, the families were invited to tour the museum to see where their daughters got their inspiration and to view our new exhibits.
Once again, a big Thank You to Emma, Kylie and Shay for their hard work, dedication and artistic renderings.
We welcome everyone to visit the museum to view the new panels and tour the museum. New exhibits are added each year and older exhibits are reworked to make every visit a different experience. The museum is open Saturdays from 10-2 and Sundays from 2-5 until mid-October. We are also happy to offer tours to small or large groups at other times.