SINCLAIRVILLE - The Valley Historical Society recently made its plans for 2013.
The society was formed nearly four decades ago to preserve the history of the Cassadaga Valley. The late John and Ruth Smith saw a need to preserve history of the valley, and in 1977 formed the Valley Historical Society. One year later, the museum building was purchased and houses items from the valley area. The museum is open for tours on Sunday afternoons from 2 until 5 p.m. from May through September. Tour guides are always present during the open hours.
The society's schedule for the new year had been made, with all monthly meetings being held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The first meeting of the year will be on Tuesday, April 2, and will be held in the South Stockton Wayside Chapel. This is the annual maple sugar party, where each participant will have a warm bowl of maple syrup, and stir it for about 45 minutes to make maple sugar candy. President Albert Olmstead will be leading the program, with Vice President Larry Barmore. Programs for the year's events will be created by computer artist Susan Sipos, and will be available at the first meeting.
Each month, a business meeting will be held, followed by a program or speaker, and refreshments. The July meeting will be the patriotic moment meeting since it will be held close to July 4. The August meeting will be the annual family picnic and treasure trove program.
The Valley Historical Society, along with the Village of Sinclairville, hosts an annual history fair in September. The fair is a day-long event, beginning at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, and includes a grand parade, a farmer's market, craft show, outhouse races, log cutting contests, car show, baby contests, baking contests, carriage rides, chicken barbecue, many food stands and concludes with fireworks. The museum will be open during the day for tours. The history fair is planned for Saturday, Sept. 14 in the village of Sinclairville.
For more information on the Valley Historical Society, write to P.O. Box 1045, Sinclairville, NY 14782. New members are always welcome.