October 2021

Upcoming Meetings

2021 10 - Railroads.jpg

October 18th 7:30 p.m.
"The Great Atlantic and North Western Railroad"

Presented by Peter Gifford

This program is based on the book, which was originally written by Meadville’s William Reynolds (of the Baldwin-Reynolds Home in Meadville). The current edition (2002) was edited by Peter Gifford, retired as Systems Manager of Administrative Computing Services at Allegheny College, and Robert D. Ilisevich, retired after 34 years of teaching American History at Alliance College in Cambridge Springs. He was also Historian and Librarian for the Crawford County Historical Society.

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. 

November 15th 7:30 p.m.
"The Century Club"

Presented by Julia Luty Catalano and Diane Shaffer Domnick

The Club’s Members are the buildings within the area of the Conneaut Lake Area Historical Society which are 100 years old or more.  They may be homes, barns or commercial buildings, all of which have not been significantly altered.  Julia is an RN by profession, a Past President of the CLAHS and a lifelong resident of Conneaut Lake.  Diane has a PhD in Architectural History and is a member of SAH, Society of Architectural Historians.  She is also a CLAHS Board Member.

2021 11 - Century Homes.jpg

Museum closing for Winter

The museum is closing after Pumpkin Fest for the winner. However, special appointments can be made by contacting Chuck Groger at 814-382-8722 or Julia Catalano at 814-724-9841.

New Gifts

"I Got "Revitalized" at Conneaut Lake.Comes in sizes small to 2XL (or special order larger sizes). Colors are pink, green and pastel blue (or special order other colors). Cost is $10 plus postage. We thought the phrase was cute and reflects getting "revitalized" after a rest in our town and also reflects our recent revitalization in downtown Conneaut Lake  Add $2 postage.


Apron: White barbecue size apron (one size fits all) with the slogan "Chilling and Grilling" stamped on it with the phrase "Conneaut Lake Pa." underneath. Letter for Conneaut Lake is either red or blue (your choice). Cost is only $10 and makes a great gift for that special someone who likes to cook -- bit it male or female. Add $2 postage please.

Christmas Trees to Light Our Museum and Our Hearts

Christmas is the season for magic and memories. This year we will welcome the season with additional lights, decorations and memories. We are inviting our members to bring small decorated trees with or without lights for the museum. Trees may honor special individuals or groups or departed or loved ones. Trees should be delivred to the museum on Saturday, Nov. 13, between noon and 2 p.m. 

To enjoy the special holiday experience, visit the museum on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov 21, from 2 to 5 p.m. The museum will also be open Saturday, Nov. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If the time to deliver the trees does not work, special arrangements will be made. Trees must be removed by Dec. 15. Please call Judy Groger at 814-382-8722.

We hope this experience will add joy to the holiday season. Bring family and friends to our museum to share memories of past and creat memories for the future.

Paddlefest 2021

We had a great 2021 Paddlefest event on August 7th, with over 100 kayakers enjoying a beautiful Conneaut Lake morning. See full coverage here and beautiful drone videos here

Golf Outing

We recently completed our 3rd Annual Golf Outing with great success and lots of fun.

See more here.

Small Business Sale

We will once again hold a Small Business Sale for people to shop for those special unique gifts for Christmas -- or any other reason for a gift.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27.

New items we have this year include a Wendell August Forge ornament of the tumble bug as well as porcelain coasters in nine different designs. The sets of four sell for $8 and include such things as: Conneaut Lake Park, restaurants, hotels, buildings, beaches and more. The ornament is $12. Of course, you must add tax.

You can order any of them on-line, but we can't mail the coasters. Sorry.

Check out our gift shop on-line and then come and see us that Saturday! 

Don't forget if you are a member, you get a 10 percent discount on all items in the gift shop.

Christmas Party Set

Our annual Christmas party for members and their guests is Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Iroquois Club.  The menu includes, stuffed chicken breast, pork loin or fish.  Reservations can made made by calling Jean Shanley at 814-337-6377. Cost is $22.50 per person.

Crawford Gives

We had a wonderful success with Crawford Gives this year.  Total raised was $5,039!

Contributions were: Rich and Janet Ashe, Wendy and Christopher Brindle, Lee Clinton, William and Linda DeArment, Rita Foust, William and Deborah Gregg, Chuck and Judy Groger, Jeff Houser, Frederick (Gary) Hough, Hale and Mary Ann Jenkins, Scott and Joyce Ladner, Sharon Marr, Chandler Mason and Anna Mayle, Richard and Sharon Mason, Debbie and Matt Moersch, Linda Murdock, Betty Murray, Dale Jenkins, Jean Shanley, Jane Smith, John and Jody Sperry, Virginia Trimble, Janet Waid and Marjorie Weigel.

Thank you to everyone who participated! It is much appreciated.

Pumpkin Fest

We will once again be at Pumpkin Fest with our booth of different items to sell.

Pumpkin Fest is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8, 9 and 10.

Hope to see you there!

New Murals

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. Please visit our website at <conneautlakehistory.com> for more information.

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!