Benjamin Long Homestead, built 1829
CALLING ALL DOCENTS
|The Homestead will be open Sundays, from May 25 through Aug. 31 and Nov. 23 through Dec. 21 from 1 to 4 PM. Docents are needed to guide visitors through the house and tell the story of the Benjamin Long Family and their home. If you would be interested in assisting with this worthwhile task, please contact Carole Barnard at the Museum (694-7406). New recruits will be thoroughly oriented before being asked to do tours on their own. Please help. Many volunteers make the burden light.
Historical Society of the Tonawandas
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- Maintain and operate two historic 19th century buildings, shown here, in Tonawanda, at the western gateway to the Erie Canal. Gateway Harbor Cam - Long Homestead can be see at top center.
- Present educational programs on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, September through June. Features historical topics of local interest, with audio-visuals, and knowledgeable public speakers. Calendar... Printable PDF schedule...
- Publish articles: Tonawanda News Do you remember? column; Lumber Shover printed newsletter mailed monthly to paid-up members; The Homesteaders news FREE to online subscribers.
- Collect, preserve, interpret, exhibit artifacts and records related to the history of the Tonawandas, the Erie Canal, Great Lakes shipping, Western New York, and the Niagara Region.
- Offer research assistance.
- Operate two book and gift shops, one at each historic site. Mail-orders accepted.
- Host annual 2-day Canal Fest Flea Market at Clinton Park.
- Member, Western Erie Canal Alliance, WECA.
- Volunteers needed at both locations. We train you. It's fun!
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Tonawanda Station, New York Central and Hudson River Railroad, built 1886
Museum and General Offices
113 Main Street, Tonawanda. Bounded by Main, Fletcher, and Grove Street.
- Where you now park is where trains used to run! Map... More...
- Museum Exhibits
- Wow! Artifacts Collection The Historical Society of the Tonawandas maintains a collection of over 20,000 artifacts relating to the history of the Twin Cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. The collection catalog is currently being transferred into a computer database so that when you ask us a question, we can have rapid identification and retrieval of artifact information on any topic. This database is NOT currently available to you online, but may be, once completed.
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- Genealogy Collection
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