Upcoming Meetings


 July 12, 2015 – Historic Markers of Orleans County

The Orleans County Genealogical Society will meet July 12, 2015 at the Cobblestone Museum for a talk on the historic markers in Orleans County and efforts to reestablish a joint historic marker program between OCHA and the Orleans County Department of History.

Matthew Ballard, Orleans County Historian, will provide a program on the development of the blue and gold historic marker program from the earliest signage courtesy of the NYS Department of Education through the current efforts of the Orleans County Department of History and the Orleans County Historical Association to establish a joint program. For decades, local communities have shown their love of history and culture by erecting the iconic blue and gold markers across the county. As of 2000, Orleans County had over 70 NYS Historic Markers, most erected by various community organizations – a handful were purchased through the NYS Department of Education as early as the 1930s.

Not only are there various sites throughout the county that merit designation by these markers, but many are in need of repair and restoration work. Orleans County will seek volunteers to assist with repainting damaged markers and work on a detailed inventory of all markers erected in the area.

The Cobblestone Museum
14389 Ridge Road West
Albion, New York 14411

Just east of the Rt. 104 and Rt. 98 intersection. The group will meet in the basement of the church and there is no fee for attending. Meetings are open to the public and guests are always welcome!

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August 9, 2015 – World War One and Orleans County

The Orleans County Genealogical Society will meet August 9, 2015 at the Cobblestone Museum for a program on the involvement of Orleans County men and women during the First World War.

Thanks to a generous grant through the Genesee Orleans Regional Arts Council, the Cobblestone Museum is hosting an exhibition on the history of Orleans County’s contributions to World War One. The exhibit will be open for viewing following a brief program by Matthew Ballard, the Orleans County Historian and Director/Curator of the Cobblestone Museum. This collaborative project involved assistance from historical agencies and residents across the county. In addition to the exhibit, the “Are You 100% American?” exhibit of World War One posters will be on exhibit in the George W. Zeis Upper Gallery and there will be numerous artifacts on display from the Medina Historical Society, the Clarendon Historical Society, and various community members.

The Cobblestone Museum
14389 Ridge Road West
Albion, New York 14411

Just east of the Rt. 104 and Rt. 98 intersection. The group will meet in the basement of the church and there is a $6.00 admission fee per person to view the exhibits following the program. All proceeds go to support the Cobblestone Museum.

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