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March 8 
“The Top 10 Events in Erie County History”

From the distant past of the Holland Land Company to the triumph and tragedy of the Pan-American Exposition, our county’s history is full of exaggerations and tall tales.  County Historian Douglas Kohler will attempt to unravel the truths behind some of the greatest events that have defined who we are and how we got here.
Refreshments 6:30 pm                Program at 7:00 pm         Newstead Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Rd, Akron NY

April 12
“Akron Airport: History, Current Status and Future Plans”

Allen Kidder, a member of the Airport Christian Airmen, Inc. Board of Directors, will trace the roots of the airport from the first US Airmail flight in 1938 to the present- day modern, full service airport with 68 aircraft.  He’ll also highlight historic aircraft, community outreach, and the 35+ former students who have moved on to aviation careers.  Mr. Kidder has been flying for 52 years, is a flight instructor and has lived in Akron for over 40 years.
Refreshments 6:30 pm                Program at 7:00 pm         Newstead Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Rd, Akron NY
 
April 15   1-3 pm
Rich-Twinn Octagon House opens

This is a truly special home that Charles Rich built right here on Main St., and it  always needs our support.  We welcome visitors on Sunday afternoons for self-guided tours as well as groups from large to small for private tours at virtually any mutually agreed upon day and time.   To arrange a group tour or for visiting family and friends, call 716-542-7022. 

April 15   1-3 pm
Knight-Sutton Museum opens  “Making the Grade”
This year we’ll follow the history of schools in our  village and town from one-room schoolhouses to the eventual consolidation of our present centralized system.  Through historic photos, displays and information learn how our schools have not only taught us the 3R’s but also brought us together, becoming  a major part of our community and our lives.  The book 'I Remember - Memories and Stories from Akron, NY' has recently been discounted to $10 and is available at the museum.  Why not extend your trip down memory lane by taking one home and reading more about school days of the past?  These and other stories of people, places and events can be revisited in this delightful book.
123 Main Street, Akron, NY

May 10  
“Major General Dennis Nolan”

Meri Dembrow will speak about this former Akron resident who became the first intelligence and security officer of General Pershing’s general staff during WWI.
Refreshments  6:30 pm       Program 7:00 pm    Newstead Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Rd, Akron, NY

June 14  
 “Elizabeth Cady Stanton”

Over 100 years ago, Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a major author of the “Declaration of Sentiments”.  This document put forth the basic tenets of the Women’s Rights Movement upon which the fight for suffrage and other issues was based.  Denise Reichard, always an engaging presenter, will bring her to life for us. 
Refreshments  6:30 pm        Program 7:00 pm     Newstead Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Rd, Akron, NY
                                        
July 4    
Annual 4th of July Festivities

Our celebration includes the Amish quilt raffle and  annual pie sale with the Octagon House and Knight-Sutton Museum both open.  Buy your quilt tickets, bake a pie or buy a pie (or both) and visit our
museums.  Watch for details and support the society!    

August 4  7 pm
“Dancing Under the Stars”

Join us again for a fun summer evening of dancing and refreshments on the lawn of our beautiful Octagon House.  Watch for details and ticket information.

September 13
“Akron/Newstead History”
Don Holmes, Village and Town Historian will speak about some of the early settlers in Newstead, why they settled here and what they did for a living as well as mining and early industry. 
Refreshments 6:30 pm       Program 7:00 pm   Newstead Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Rd, Akron  

October 11  
“Annual Harvest Dinner”

A delicious  turkey dinner by Collette and Dennis Remington and desserts by our NHS bakers.
The proposed Slate of Officers and Trustees for 2019  will be presented this evening.
6:00 pm at the American Legion Post  9 Eckerson Avenue,  Akron, NY

November 8  
“Cold Spring Construction Company”

Stephen and Richard Forrestel, Jr. will discuss the 107-year history of this fourth generation company, founded by Eugene Forrestel in 1911.  Officers and Trustees for 2019 will be elected and installed this evening.
Refreshments 6:30 pm     Program  7:00 pm  Newstead Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road, Akron

Christmas at the Octagon House
November 25                    
December 2, 9, 16
1-3 pm
Bring your family, friends and guests to enjoy our very special house in its Victorian Christmas elegance while you support the Historical Society’s work.
 
“The Candlelight Tour”
December 2 
6-8 pm

A great way to start the month of December….join in with our carolers accompanied by the 1870 pump organ, savor warm gingerbread and hot mulled cider after touring the house.   It’s a wonderful combination of elegance and fun, illuminated by candlelight. 
145 Main St., Akron, NY

 


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