July Meeting

There is a general membership meeting this Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Historical Society Museum on Maple Ave. Extension.  Member Erica Wanecski will be presenting on sanitariums that had been built in WNY and have since been abandoned.

Terry Allen of Elba will be sharing some of his knowledge regarding the Elba sulfur well and hotel.  The sulfur water was reputed to have healing powers and a hotel was built for that purpose.  Terry’s father and uncles (Charles Allen & Sons) once owned the property.

Please join us and invite friends and family to join us as well.

As always, we appreciate your membership and hope that you will encourage others.

Earl C. Roth, President

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June meeting

Thursday, June 4, 2015, 7:00 PM at Elba Museum, will be our next regular meeting.
All are welcomed with guests.
Meeting will focus on –
    1>    Changing display items at our museum.
    2>    Encouraging local collectors to put their items on display at our museum.
We need to change exhibits and items on display in order to encourage attendance by members & the public.  Our museum is not for our use only, but for the general public as well.  We welcome suggestions and comments.  If not in person, by email, letter or telephone.
Ann Gavenda has put a display of muck photos that is very interesting.
Also new on display since last summer is a “matchbook” collection of Genesee & Orleans county businesses.  Of special interest is the matchbook from the Red Jacket Grill of the old Richmond Hotel, as well as political matchbook covers from Judge Weiss & Barber Conable.
Hope to see you Thursday and I will welcome any & all ideas.
Earl C. Roth
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May General Membership Meeting

May 7, 2015 will be the next general membership meeting of the Historical Society of Elba.  The meeting will be held at 7:00 pm at our Museum on Maple Ave Extension.  There will be a brief board meeting at beginning at 6:30 pm.  New members are always welcomed and needed.


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General Membership Meeting

The next meeting of the Historical Society will take place on Thursday, April 9 at the Elba Fire Dept. / Village office beginning at 7:00 pm.

From The Batavia Daily News

ELBA – The public is invited to attend the April 9 meeting of the Elba Historical Society for a special presentation by the Daughters of the American Civil War.

The meeting is free and begins a 7 p.m., when the Daughters will present the surrender at Appomattox. The regular business meeting will follow, and guests are free to stay or may leave after program.

The Elba Historical Society Museum is located on Maple Avenue Extension.

Society officers, president Earl Roth, vice president Louis Esten, secretary Irene Griffith-Pierce and treasurer Amy Vlack, welcome visitors and encourage anyone to consider becoming a member.

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Local Interest

Elba Historical Antique Show 2015

Recycle at GCC 2015

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Meeting date

The next general membership meeting of the Historical Society of Elba will be held on Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 pm at the museum on Maple Ave. Extension.  All are welcome to attend.  New members always wanted.

Change of plans.  The meeting on Thursday, March 5 will be at the Village office/Fire Dept. at 7:00 pm.  (Corner of Chapel St and Main Street.)

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Historical Society of Elba Christmas tree 2014

Christmas tree 2014 Christmas tree 2014 - lights

This is the Historical Society of Elba Christmas tree for the Elba Betterment Committee Christmas in the Park.  There are postcards of various places in Elba from days gone by.  Stop by and see our tree along with the 39 others on display from local families, businesses and organizations.


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There is a general membership meeting on Thursday, November 13 at 7:00 pm at the museum on Maple Ave Extension in Elba.  We will be voting on new officers.  New members are always wanted.  All are welcome to attend.



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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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