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2017 PROGRAMS and ACTIVITIES

March 9 Thursday
“The Indian Arts Project at the Rochester Museum”

From 1935-1941 the residents of the Tonawanda Reservation participated in the Indian Arts and Crafts Project at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Terry Abrams will explain how and why they made over 5,000 objects that are part of the museum collection today.
Refreshments 6:30 pm Program at 7:00 pm Newstead Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road, Akron

MUSEUMS OPEN
April 2 Sunday 1-3 pm
Rich-Twinn Octagon House

Be sure your friends can’t say , “I’ve been here for 30 years and I’ve never been in this house!” This is a truly special building we have here and it always needs our support. Regular hours for 2017 are on the back of this brochure. Call 716-542-7022 to arrange an alternate day and time for a group tour or for visiting family and friends. They’ll love it.

April 2 Sunday 1-4 pm
Knight-Sutton Museum 2017 Exhibit
“Sock it to Me - the 1960s”
Through informative and colorful exhibits you’ll explore this complex decade’s music, fashions, entertainment and general lifestyle. Look back at life in Akron and around the world to see how and why the times really were “a-changing.”

May 11 Thursday
“Mary Jemison, the White Woman of the Genesee”  co-sponsored by the C. Dee Wright Center
Portrayed by Gretchen Murray Sepik, actress, author and storyteller. Mary Jemison was captured by the Shawnee Indians and adopted by the Seneca as a young girl. Watch her come to life once again.
Refreshments 6:30 pm Program 7:00 pm
C. Dee Wright Center, 11 Church Street, Akron, NY

June 8 Thursday
“Psychic Highway...the Erie Canal” co-sponsored by the C. Dee Wright Center
Presented by Michael Keene, the Erie Canal opened passageways that bridged the gap of communication and travel setting the stage for major social, political and religious movements. In doing so this upstate New York canal altered the history of America itself.
Refreshments 6:30 pm Program 7:00 pm
C. Dee Wright Center, 11 Church Street, Akron, NY

July 4 Tuesday
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 tickets, bake a pie or buy a pie (or both) and visit our museums.
Watch for details and support the society!

August 5 Saturday 7 pm
“Dancing Under the Stars”
Join us again for a fun evening of dancing and refreshments on the lawn of our beautiful Octagon House. Watch for details and ticket information.

September 14 Thursday
“Ford Gum”
One of Akron’s most fun local companies, Ford Gum has not just Akron history, but a much wider recognition and business scope. This fun program by George Stege explains it all.
Refreshments 6:30 pm Program 7:00 pm
Newstead Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road, Akron

September
TBA Another Akron village walk...watch for details.

October 12 Thursday
“Annual Harvest Dinner”
Collette and Dennis Remington will serve a delicious turkey dinner, and our wonderful NHS bakers will supply plenty of homemade desserts. Delicious!
"Fiddlesticks"
After a great turkey dinner, we’ll be treated to a piano and fiddle concert by these renowned artists.
The proposed Slate of Officers and Trustees for 2018 will be presented this evening.
6:00 pm at the American Legion Post
9 Eckerson Avenue, Akron, NY

November 9 Thursday
“Immigration”
Popular presenter Greg Kinal returns. This program deals with European immigration at the turn of the century discussing why they came, how they got here, where and how they lived and the values they passed on to their children.
Officers and Trustees for 2018 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 26 Sundays 1-3 pm
December 3, 10, 17

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 3 Sunday 6-8 pm
This tradition is such a great way to start the month of December. As many do, join in with our carolers accompanied by the 1870 pump organ. After touring the house, savor warm gingerbread and hot mulled cider. It’s a wonderful combination of elegance and fun, and all illuminated by candlelight. Lovely.
145 Main St., Akron, NY


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