SINCLAIRVILLE - The first meeting of the Valley Historical Society for 2014 was held recently in the South Stockton Wayside Chapel. Members and friends of the historical group gathered for the annual maple sugar party.
Each of those present received a bowl of warm maple syrup, and stirred it until it turned into maple sugar. Crackers were available to put the maple sugar on, and pickles were provided to take away the sweetness afterwards.
President Albert Olmstead opened the meeting leading all in the Lord's Prayer and then the pledge of allegiance. Treasurer John Sipos gave a financial report of all of the activity of the society from its last meeting held in December. Vice President Larry Barmore reminded all that the annual Sinclairville history fair will be on all day on Saturday, Sept. 13.
Members of the Valley Historical Society (left to right) Lois Anderson Carol Barmore and Betty Jean Ridout stir their maple syrup to make maple sugar.
The annual program for the historical society was typed by computer artist Susan W. Sipos. A copy was distributed to all. She also talked about the new facebook page created for the Valley Historical Society, and showed a notebook of some of the pictures on facebook.
Olmstead talked about improvements to the museum building, located at the corner of Main and Lester streets in Sinclairville. One improvement will be a new side entrance door. Curator Bonnie Larkin said that she and her assistant, Diane Shaw, will be continuing their work on rearranging exhibits and cleaning the museum building.
The museum is open for tours on Sunday afternoons from 2 until 5 p.m. beginning on May 4. However, the museum is not open in May on Mother's Day and Memorial Day. Tour guides are available for tours. There is no admission charge.
The Valley Historical Society was formed by the late John and Ruth Smith who saw a need to preserve the history in the Cassadaga Valley area. One year later, the museum building was purchased. New members are always welcome.
For more information on the Valley Historical Society, write to P.O. Box 1045, Sinclairville, NY 14782.