All program meetings are free of charge and open to the public. Meetings are held at the Newstead Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road, Akron, NY unless noted otherwise. Download a 2023 Program here

 

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KREHER FARMS – CELEBRATING 100 YEARS

Newstead Town Hall 5 Clarence Center Road, Akron, NY, United States

Explore the history of a third and fourth generation farm which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Find out the background of this local farm that now has global recognition as “A Great Place to Work”. Presented by Jeannette Kreher Heberling.

ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY FESTIVITIES

KNIGHT-SUTTON MUSEUM 123 Main Street, Akron, NY, United States

Both the Rich-Twinn Octagon House & Knight Sutton Museum will be open. Our popular Amish quilt raffle and Baked Pie sale will be held at the Knight-Sutton Museum. The drawing for the quilt will take place after the parade. Both  museums will be open to visitors—come and celebrate  the day with us.

THE ERIE CANAL

Newstead Town Hall 5 Clarence Center Road, Akron, NY, United States

This program will take the audience from the first ideas  of a canal to the building and the problems faced. The role of DeWitt Clinton will be stressed and how the canal changed America. Greg Kinal, retired history teacher from Pembroke High School, will entertain and enlighten the audience with his presentation.

GROVER AND FRANCES FOLSOM CLEVELAND: THEIR BUFFALO LEGACIES

Newstead Town Hall 5 Clarence Center Road, Akron, NY, United States

The stories, myths, and controversies surrounding our two-term president and his Buffalo-born wife, Frances Folsom Cleveland, abound to this day in historical circles. Bren T. Price, Sr.,  Buffalo Presidential Center Trustee and Explore Buffalo Master Docent will share  some of his findings and ask you to share yours. Some of them are quite controversial.

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND PART III: THE SENECAS AFTER 1860 — CHALLENGES TO THE TREATIES

Newstead Town Hall 5 Clarence Center Road, Akron, NY, United States

Don Shonn, Terry Abrams, and Paul Winney will share another installment on challenges the Senecas faced after the treaties. The previous two programs were well received so please join the discussion and learn about the preservation of their ancestral land.