Thank you Sponsors.

Dear Friends of the Historical Society of Elba,
First, thank you to Virginia Kropf for interviewing Gary Harkness about his collection of vintage glass that was on display at the Museum on October 19. We had a wonderful response of visitors.
We would also like to thank her for her write-up on the Barn Dance on October 11. It was well attended, in part, because of her description of what would be going on; primarily dancing, good music, and good food. Thank you John Torrey for the use of the barn. Lorie Lanie of Kent was the winner of the Lottery tickets, drawn at the Barn Dance. See you next year!!
Thanks to all the sponsors of the Barn Dance and the Basket Raffle (that was held at the roast beef dinner) who donated gift certificates, produce, baskets of goodies, etc. Thank you to all the members and non-members who came to help. Thank you for all the hard work helping with the raffle, for help prepare food, cutting pies, washing dishes, parking cars, selling tickets and all the other jobs that go to make an event successful. It couldn’t be done without all that extra help.
The Historical Society of Elba

Barn Dance program2014

Thank you to all of the generous sponsors who donated to make our Barn Dance a success.


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Bottle Collection – Gary Harkness

The museum will be open on Sunday, October 19 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm for a special showing of Genesee County vintage bottles with a “one of a kind” bottle from Elba from Dr. C.L Curtis, a blue medicine, 1850 era, and an amber Acid Springs from Byron.  Collector, Gary Harkness, will be on hand to explain any of his bottles to you.  There is also a folk art bottle from the Fred Benz Saloon from Albion, 1860 – 1870 era.  Gary has graciously agreed to put some of his bottle collection on display in our museum.

This is the last day the museum will be open until Memorial Day 2015.

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5th Annual Barn Dance

Saturday, October 11, 2014 Torrey’s Barn, Route 98, two miles south of Elba from 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm.  Look for the sign.  Music begins at 4:00 pm with the Front Porch Pickers.  Kelly’s Old Timers will be begin playing at 6:30 with round and square dancing.  Good food available for purchase.  FREE coffee, cocoa and hot tea.  Some hay bales for seating but feel free to bring a lawn chair.  Adults $6.00, 18 and under $3.00.

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Roast Beef Dinner and Chinese Auction

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the Elba Firemen’s Rec Hall, Route 98, Elba, NY.  Takeouts begin at 4:30, eat in begins at 5:00.  Adults $9, Ages 6-12  $4.50. Children 5 and under eat FREE.  Slow roasted beef, real mashed potatoes, veggie, pickled beets, salad, coffee, and yummy desserts.  Raffles to be drawn at 6:00 pm.  Variety of baskets, gift certificates, flowers, and produce.

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Museum Crawl

We are in the early stages of planning a Museum Crawl along the Rt. 98 corridor.  The date of the Crawl will be Saturday, October 4 beginning at 9:00 am.  There are five museums partcipating this year.  They are the Oak Orchard Lighthouse Museum, the Cobblestone Museum, the DAR House, Historical Society of Elba, and the Holland Land Office.  Each participant will receive a “passport” that will be stamped at each participating museum.  Each stamp will qualify the participant for some kind of discount or freebie at a local business.   A completed passport will qualify you to be entered into a final drawing for something.  We are still working on the details.  Please visit the site again for more details as the event draws near.

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Meeting Changes

There have been some changes to our upcoming meeting schedule.  There will be a general meeting for all members on August 28 at 7:00 pm at the Fire Hall meeting room on the corner of Main St and Chapel St.    The September meeting has been changed to September 25 at 7:00 pm at the Fire Hall meeting room.


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Antique Show

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April 3

The next meeting of the Historical Society of Elba will be on Thursday, April 3 at 7:00 pm at the Village of Elba Offices (Elba Fire Dept. meeting room) – Main Street, Elba.  On the agenda will be a program/talk given by Irene Griffith-Pierce about a family member who was a nurse during World War I.  Light refreshments to follow.

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First Meeting of 2014

The first general membership meeting of the Historical Society of Elba will be Thursday, March 6 at 7:00 pm at the Elba Fire Dept. meeting room.  (Corner of Rt.98 and Chapel St.)

We will be discussing what work needs to be done at the museum, programs for the upcoming season and calendar of events for the 2014 year.

New members are always welcome.  Dues is $10 per year for individuals, $15 per year for families. 


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A big thank you to all of the local businesses who generously donated to our fourth annual Barn Dance.  Thank you also to all who attended, and Kelly’s Old Timers, ECS Jazz Ensemble and the Front Porch Pickers for performing.  The Barn Dance was a successful fundraiser for the Historical Society.  We truly appreciate all of your generous support to continue our mission of preserving the past for future generations.

Our Sponsors:  William Kent, Inc.     Bezon Farm     NJ Philips Builders

Harris Wilcox, Inc     Stephen M Hawley & Assoc.

NYS Senator Mike Ranzenhofer     CY Farms

Riexinger Crop Spraying     L&L Transmission

Boyles Motor Sales     R&W Trucking     Zuber Farms

Underhill Farm     Real Roofing-Chris Haitz

Monroe Tractor     Lee Shuknecht & Sons

Earl Roth, CPA     State Street Animal Hospital

Offhaus Farms     Torrey Farms

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