2017 Season

The first meeting of the Historical Society of Elba is scheduled for Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the museum on Maple Ave. Extension in Elba.  Please plan to attend.  New members are welcomed and needed to keep our organization strong.  Please consider joining.


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I was at our museum again this afternoon looking for old newspaper articles pertaining to Elba Central School for a project some of the students are working on. I came across a publication entitled Elba Central School Campus Crier. This issue is Vol. 5, Issue 2, dated October 6, 1941. Again, I don’t know who wrote it. Enjoy.


To you gals between the ages of 6 to 16 plus, this article is DEDICATED.  We’ll try to show you how we TERMITES like to have you act on a DATE.

Well, first of all, we’d appreciate a cordial welcome when we arrive at your house, instead of saying, “Oh, it’s  you.”  By the way, Sue, I didn’t like the way your brother answered your mother saying, “It’s that gigolo again, Ma.”  And Joan, will you please be ready when I call tonight, so’s your grandmother can’t catch me again to ask who my great-great-great grandfather was.

Say, Betty, I’ve been on this date fifteen minutes, and you haven’t even noticed my new tie.  We fellas like to be flattered  a little.  And don’t pick me up on my English, either.  Stop telling us how perfect Larry and John are, how well Tim can dance, and how much money Stephen spends on you.

Another thing, we sometimes are low on funds–can’t you share the same chocolate soda–we can get two straws.  Then you’ll learn to dance well–instead of riding on our foot–and roller skate, ice skate, swim, play football–anything–even take up boxing.

Are you girls still reading the article?  I’m devoting a few lines to that GREAT PROFESSION–PETTING.  But first, I’d like to mention that PETTING has been in practice for yars and yars.  Let’s take up the subject.  Being more of the L’il Abner type, I run away; but here’s for some of them that don’t.

Just imagine that you and your “Stuffod Date” had planned to go to a movie, and it started to rain.  Invite him in, girls.  No use letting him catch namonya.  He doesn’t need coaxing, ya’ noticed. Now he’s over near you on the divan.  Are ya’ all a-flutter?  To begin with, if he should start pettin’ and you don’t know what to do about it–tell the Termite you would like to hear a radio program.  Being a gentleman, he’ll turn it on.  If that doesn’t stop him, suggest dancing.  If that doesn’t stop him, take him out to the kitchen to the ice box, and feed him.  (All boys are less amorous when they are well fed.)  If that doesn’t stop him, pretend you have a headache.  And if that doesn’t stop him–”Gal, you is in a bad way.”

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Elbaburg Address

I was at our museum this afternoon and found this writing I thought I would share. I don’t know who the author was, the occasion for the writing or when it was written.
Seven score and ten years ago our fathers brought forth to this area a new town, conceived in hope and dedicated to the proposition that all men must become farmers.
Now we are engaged in a great Social war, testing whether this nature or man, or any nature so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final growing place for those who grew and died here, that this area may be farmed. It is altogether fitting and proper that we do so.
But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate- we cannot consecrate- we cannot hallow- this ground. Many onions and potatoes, lived and harvested, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above the purpose of our poor fertilizer to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what grew here. It is for us, the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the never-ending toil which they who toiled here have far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us here, to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us- that from these former muckers we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these muckers shall not have died in vain; that this area, under God, shall have each year a new birth of crops; and that this town of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
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The museum is closed for the winter.  If you will be visiting the area and would like to visit our museum please email us at historicalsocietyofelba@yahoo.com and one of our very knowledgeable members will be happy to set up a tour.

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We have decided not to have a barn dance this Fall.  We are taking a break from it in hopes of boosting attendance in 2017.

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Annual Roast Beef Dinner

Annual Roast Beef Supper Fundraiser for the Historical Society is Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Elba Rec. Hall. Takeouts start at 4:30 with dine in starting at 5:00. Adults – $9.50, 6 to 12 – $4.50, 5 and under eat free. You may call to reserve tickets 757-2791. There will be a basket raffle drawing at 6:00 pm. A large variety of baskets including flowers, produce, gift certificates.

“Best roast beef and Elba muck potatoes you ever had!”

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Visit Genesee County

Here is a link to a site focusing on the several local history museums and historical societies in Genesee County.


Explore Genesee County’s 12 Historical Museums

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Activities at our museum are more intensive now that Spring and the good weather that comes with it have arrived.
We are always looking for new ideas for our displays and exhibits. If you know of a collector who would like to put some of their items on display, please contact us. We need new items to bring in new visitors and encourage repeat visits.
A special thanks to John Swartz for his contribution of a coffee serving urn and accessories. These are very unique pieces from the Elba Hotel when his family owned and operated the hotel.

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We are a bit slow in getting started this Spring.  We will be planning a “work” meeting sometime in mid May to prepare the Museum for the Summer opening on Memorial Day.  After Memorial Day, the Museum will be open every Sunday from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.  New members are needed.  If you are interested in membership please contact us at historicalsocietyofelba@yahoo.com.  Membership dues is $10 annually for individuals or $15 annually for a family membership.

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There will be a general membership meeting on Thursday, March 3 at the museum on Maple Ave. Extension beginning at 7:00 pm.  New members are wanted/needed to keep our history alive.

This meeting has been cancelled.  Another meeting will be scheduled later in the month.



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