New Meeting  Place – Hoag Library

Please try to arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 as we must have a doorman to let people in.

We will have the use of six lap top computers, so bring along any “brick wall” you may have and perhaps we can find a way to help you break that down.  Our hope is to be able to offer more assistance with online materials and offer some workshops in this new meeting place.

If you have suggestions for workshops, please share them. Also, if you have an area of expertise, please share that with us.

We are excited about this new opportunity and hope to see you this coming Sunday at the HOAG library!  Please help spread the word!

Upcoming Meetings

October 9, 2016 – 7:00pm – Stories That Kill: Infamous Criminals of Orleans County


Matthew Ballard, Orleans County Historian, will share stories of Orleans County’s most notorious criminals. At the turn of the century, Albion became a hotbed for criminal activity hosting several notable murder trials culminating in the 1915/16 murder trial of Charles Stielow of Shelby. During the years of Prohibition, European immigrants as well as native residents participated in the manufacturing, smuggling, and distribution of illegal liquor – Albion was home to several large bootlegging operations.

Ballard is the Interim Director of Library Services at Roberts Wesleyan College in addition to his involvement with numerous historical organizations locally. He earned his Bachelor of Science in History from SUNY College at Brockport in 2010, his Master of Library Science in 2012 from SUNY University at Buffalo, and is working towards his Master of Arts in History at SUNY College at Brockport.

This free program is a sneak peek for a “lights out” lecture being offered at the Cobblestone Museum on October 21st.

Hoag Library
134 South Main Street
Albion, Orleans County, NY 14411


November 13, 2016 – 7:00pm – Land settlements for NYS

Marianne Aarons will present an overview of the settlement/development of NY State. From Henry Hudson’s “discovery” of the river which now bears his name, and the Dutch colonization of New Netherland, through 200 years’ time to the Holland Land Company’s purchase of land in Western New York. County formation during this period may have resulted in a family living in the same house, appearing on several censuses as living in different counties. We’ll also have some fun with websites where we can find additional information.

Hoag Library
134 South Main Street
Albion, Orleans County, NY 14411