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October & November 2021 Events

Oct 7, 2021

Celebrating 40 Years of Long Homestead Stewardship
Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 7 PM
First United Methodist Church,
Main & Tremont Streets, North Tonawanda, NY
Free & Open to the Public. Bring a friend!

For over forty years, this Society has worked to share the historic Long Homestead, the oldest house in Tonawanda, with the public. Following three years of restoration work, the Homestead was opened for tours on June 1, 1980. Since then, countless tours have been conducted & events held. All have been done by dedicated Society volunteers. Recently, upgrades have been made to the facility. Hot water has been installed in the working kitchen & rest rooms. The kitchen has been outfitted with new cabinets & appliances, bringing it into the 21st century. The master bedroom curtains & carpets in the first floor rooms have been replaced after forty-one years of wear.

On October 13, Carole Barnard will present a pictorial history of the Homestead’s transformation from Jay’s Log Cabin, a local tavern, to an early 1800’s residence. Photos of various rooms, pre-restoration & current, will demonstrate the remarkable changes which have taken place. The restoration is a stellar example of what can be accomplished through cooperation between City government & Society members. Under the guidance of Marge Bellinger, Tom Mileham & Willard Dittmar, the house again became a gracious 19th century family home.

In addition to the virtual tour offered that evening, docents will be at the Homestead to welcome those wishing a personal view of the site. Parking is always a problem so a shuttle will be available to ferry participants back & forth across the Canal. If you wish to see the house that evening, please contact Carole Barnard (716-913-3452 or blonghstd24@gmail.com.

Tours will be offered by reservation only.

Historical Society of the Tonawandas
2021 Annual Meeting & Harvest Dinner
Wednesday November 10, 2021
Dinner served at 6:30PM
Rescue 5 Fire Hall & Banquet Facility
1241 Strad Avenue (Off Erie Ave.)
North Tonawanda, NY
$30 per person

After a sumptuous thanksgiving feast prepared by Executive Caterer, Jim Fingerlow, there will be a brief membership meeting. The evening’s featured speaker will be Rae Proefrock from Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum. Rae will present the “backstory” on the restored carousel at Buffalo Canalside.

Please mark your calendar & join us for this annual get-together. Members and guests welcome. ***ALL ATTENDEES MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED***

To secure your reservation, download the PDF Flyer below, complete the form, and send it along with your payment, to the address shown before November 5th.


Official Home:  The Historical Society of the Tonawandas, Inc.
Museum and General Office:  113 Main Street, Tonawanda, NY, 14150-2129
(716) 694-7406     Email  tonahist@gmail.com
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