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July 28, 2017 - 9:13am


The History Heroes program at the Holland Land Office Museum held its annual penny carnival on Thursday. Children participating in the summer program were able to set up their own carnival attractions and then play the games together.



May 23, 2017 - 3:35pm
posted by Maria Pericozzi in batavia, news, Holland Land Office Museum.


The Holland Land Office Museum, located on 131 W. Main St. in Batavia, will have its collection, “Over there to over here: 100 years later,” on display only for a couple more weeks.

The artifacts in the collection all pertain to World War I with a connection to Genesee County, said Ryan Duffy, the museum’s executive director.

“I decided to put [the artifacts] on display to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry in the war,” Duffy said.

The collection includes military and personal items, Duffy said, noting that the collection also has items used to support the war, and each piece is labeled with what it is, who it belonged to and the year it was from.

“For the most part, all of the items were used by Genesee County residents,” Duffy said. "For instance, all the uniforms we have were worn by someone from the area that was donated to the collection.”

Duffy said there are around 60 items on display. The collection was put together with items already donated to the museum.

“It’s good to show off some of the things in our collection that pertain to the time period,” Duffy said.

Also in the collection is a list of the World War I veterans in Genesee County.

Duffy said it is as complete as it is going to get, but sometimes visitors look at the book and tell him another name that should be included.

The collection was on display starting on April 11 and will remain open until June 10.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $1 for a child or student, $2 for an adult and $5 for a family.









November 16, 2016 - 6:39pm


The 15th Annual Wonderland of Trees Gala opens this Friday Nov. 18th at 7 p.m. at the Holland Land Office Museum at 131 W. Main St., Batavia.

Featuring decorated trees by local area businesses, food, music, a basket raffle and silent auction with proceeds to benefit the museum. The trees will be on display until Jan. 4.

The costs are $25 per ticket or $40 per couple. R.S.V.P. is required to attend. Tickets are available in person at the museum, by phone 585-343-4727 or online at

Pictured above is the Batavia Business Professional Women's Club tree.


Batavia Girl Scouts Tree


Robin Weinstein is pictured with a menorah, "The Festival of Lights."


The ARC of Genesee Orleans tree


October 4, 2016 - 9:16am
posted by Howard B. Owens in hlom, Holland Land Office Museum, news.

More than 6,000 people from out of the state, and even out of the country, visit the Holland Land Office Museum every year, Don Burkel, chairman of the HLOM's board of directors, told the County's Human Services Committee yesterday during a department review.

That's one of the many contributions HLOM makes to the local economy and cultural life of Genesee County, Burkel said during a lengthy presentation that outlined the many programs and exhibits hosted and promoted by the museum each year.

While not a specific budget request, department reviews to help inform legislators about what is going on in all facets of county government heading into budget talks.

Each year, HLOM receives about $37,000 from the county, after a cut in financial support of about $6,000 a year in 2010.

"The museum costs less than $1 per resident in the county," Burkel said.

Patrick Weissend, a former HLOM director who recently joined the board as vice president, said not much has changed for the HLOM budget since he ran the facility seven years ago.

"The budget remains really lean," Weissend said.

The museum is also supported by memberships and donations, but Weissend said the museum is able to tap into a fund created years ago by donations from the late Congressman Barber Conable. Conable made it a practice to donate any speaking fees he received to nonprofits in Genesee County. Those donations are preserved in an investment account.

The mission of HLOM is to preserve the museum's collection of artifacts and provide educational opportunities to the local community and visitors based on that collection.

August 6, 2015 - 4:04pm
posted by Traci Turner in batavia, Holland Land Office Museum, history heroes.


As part of the History Heroes summer program, the Holland Land Office Musuem held its first penny carnival this afternoon. The kids were responsible for creating their own games. Some of the activities included a ping-pong toss, bowling, obstacle course and duck pond.

The museum has been hosting the summer history education program for five years. Museum Director Jeffrey Donahue decided to have an outdoor carnival this year to celebrate the bicentennial of the Holland Land Office building. Over the past two weeks, the kids have been learning about the history of landmarks in Batavia, firefighting and aviation.





July 7, 2015 - 1:10pm
posted by Holland Land Office in history, Holland Land Office Museum, free.
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July 7, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
TONIGHT at the Holland Land Office Museum, former Museum Director Patrick Weissend will be speaking on the Life and Times of Joseph Ellicott. This even is FREE to the public, as are all lectures presented by the Holland Land Office Museum.  Light coffee and refreshments will be available. 
June 13, 2015 - 9:55am
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June 19, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Friday, June 19th, 7:00 pm - $5.00 donation CLASSIC COUNTRY NIGHT: The music of Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, & Johnny Cash
May 14, 2015 - 10:54am
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May 16, 2015 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
This Saturday, May 16th, the Holland Land Office Museum and the Batavia International Peace Garden are celebrating a joint event! The Peace Garden's annual flag raising will take place at 11:00 am with speaker State Assemblyman Steve Hawley and the St. Joseph's Brass Ensemble providing patriotic music. At 1:00 pm, the Holland Land Office Museum will be burying its Bicentennial Time Capsule and keynote speakers include Genesee County historian Michael J. Eula and City of Batavia historian Larry Barnes.
April 18, 2015 - 9:39am
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April 25, 2015 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Presented by the Batavia Peace Garden
and the Holland Land Office Museum


Saturday, April 25, 2015

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

At the Holland Land Office Museum

$20.00 per person

Prizes for winners, payouts based on number of entrants.

Light refreshments and fun for all ages!

April 9, 2015 - 11:53am
posted by Holland Land Office in history, music, Holland Land Office Museum, civil war, live music.
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April 10, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

The 2015 Concert Series at the Holland Land Office Museum continues Friday, April 10th, with "A Night of Southern Music". Returning again are Dave Armitage and Dona LaValle, along with newcomer Al Capurso. Tickets are just $8.00 per person and can be purchased in advance or at the door.


March 31, 2015 - 2:04pm
posted by Holland Land Office in Holland Land Office Museum, Red Cross, Blood Drive.
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April 2, 2015 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

The American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at the Holland Land Office Museum on Thursday, April 2nd, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  

In addition, the Holland Land Office Museum will have a display on the history of the American Red Cross.  

March 10, 2015 - 3:10pm
posted by Holland Land Office in history, music, Holland Land Office Museum, irish music.
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March 13, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Holland Land Office Museum kicks of its 2015 concert series with a night of music from the Emerald Isle.  

Local musicians Rich Conroy and Don Bouchard perform as "No Blarney", singing and strumming all of your favorite Irish ballads and drinking songs!

NOTICE: The event will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 405 East Main Street in Batavia.  

Friday, March 13th, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Admission is $8.00 per person.  All proceeds go to the Holland Land Office Museum.  

October 24, 2014 - 9:25am

Sponsored Post: Donated to the Holland Land Office Museum by The Batavian.

October 18, 2014 - 12:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Holland Land Office Museum.

The Holland Land Office Museum is hosting a Fall Family Festival tomorrow from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Willow Bend Inn on West Main Street Road, Batavia.

There will be live music from Red Creek (pictured) along with children's games, period dress, musket firing, basket raffle and food. Admission is $5 for adults. Children are free. 

Proceeds benefit HLOM.

May 15, 2014 - 12:01am

Great and great-great nieces and nephews of Gabriel De Fabbio were at the Holland Land Office Museum this evening for a ceremony honoring De Fabbio and Paulo Busti.

De Fabbio was a resident of 38 Center St., Batavia, when he joined the Marines. He was killed in Vera Cruz during the Mexican-American War in 1914. One hundred years ago today De Fabbio was buried at the St. Joseph Cemetery in a huge public ceremony, the largest funeral in Batavia history (see the front page of the Buffalo Evening News from 1914 for photo depicting Downtown Batavia on that day).

Pictured are Joan Tresco, Kailyn Tresco, Peppi Palmer, Paul Tresco and Kay Emanuel.

A wreath was placed in front of the marker, erected in 1915, in the side yard of HLOM honoring De Fabbio, by Michelle Fuller, Jeff Donahue and Barb Toal. Assemblyman Steve Hawley presented a resolution honoring De Fabbio. HLOM board VP Garth Swanson gave a presentation on the life and military service of De Fabbio.

Paulo Busti was the principal agent of the Holland Land Office starting in 1800 and gave Batavia its name.

Frank Penepento played horn accompaniment just outside the museum while Anne Marie Starowitz inside read the lyrics to a song sung at De Fabbio's funeral.

Tom Cecere

March 27, 2014 - 6:42pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Holland Land Office Museum.

Information and photo submitted by Kathy Jasinski.

The Holland Land Office Museum will host a Civil War Tea Party and Fashion Show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 5. The cost is $20 per person.

The program will include Civil War Era music featuring soprano Amy Savino accompanied by Jeffrey Fischer on piano. A fashion show will highlight the event by Dona LaValle, professional Civil War seamstress -- she will show a ladie's outfit starting with the undergarments to outerwear. Live models will strut the runway in a variety of 1860s clothing. Rita Reichle will present "the Language of the Fan." She has done much research on the way the ladies of the era expressed themselves with their fans.

We will also have Victorian etiquette -- rules of conduct for the era as observed in polite society. Refreshments will be served throughout the program -- tea sandwiches, cheese, sweet breads, cookies, assorted sweets and treats. They will be prepared by Dibble Family catering.

Proper dress, including hats and gloves are encouraged, but certainly not required -- there will be door prizes and awards for creative dress and hats.

To make your reservation please call the Holland Land Office Museum at 343-4727 by April 1.

December 19, 2013 - 9:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, history, Holland Land Office Museum, hlom.

The Holland Land Office Museum welcomed three new board members at its annual meeting dinner meeting tonight and honored longtime museum supporter Helen Batchellor.

Batchellor, on the right, became involved with HLOM 50 years ago and stepped down from her board seat this year after 30 years on the board.

New board members are, Robert Ettinger, left, Aaron Blake and Donna Mruczek.

The dinner was held at GO ART!

November 22, 2013 - 9:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Holland Land Office Museum.

Don Burkel and David Gann were among the revelers having a jolly time at the Holland Land Office Museum tonight for the annual Wonderland of Trees gala.

The fundraiser is an early chance for people in the community to see all of the trees decorated by local businesses and community groups.

Four-year-old Robert Worthington of Batavia was fascinated by the toy trains running around a stand of trees.

Elizabeth Carlson, 8.

Burkel purchasing 50-50 tickets from Amy Swanson.

Don Read

Sam and Anne Barone

August 5, 2013 - 8:01pm

It's important to fund both history and reading, members of the County Legislature were told today during a meeting of the Public Service Committee.

Representatives of local libraries as well as the Holland Land Office Museum presented annual reviews that both contained requests to keep county funding for these programs at current levels.

"County support is very important to use in order for us to provide the level of service we do to our guests and to our community," said HLOM Executive Director Jeff Donahue. "We are doing what we can (to increase revenue) though our programs such as Wonderland of Trees and the summer program, but this only brings in a small portion (of our budget)."

Laura Cerri Pastecki, from the Haxon Library in Oakfield, said libraries still play an important role in the community. Seniors on fixed incomes still depend on borrowing books and many come into learn how to use computers, and people who can't afford computers depend on the library for online research and creating resumes.

"You might think the library is a thing of the past with technology these days, but just the opposite is true," Pastecki said. "There's more information out there and more entertainment out there and people use the libraries for information and entertainment."

Debbie Rider, a trustee with the Richmond Memorial Library, said there is typically a 30- to 45-minute wait to use a computer there and that many middle school children use the library as a place to do homework after school.

"There's such a huge number of children who come from school to the library directly," Rider said. "It allows the library to reach a population it might not normally reach and a chance for the children to access resources they might not otherwise get."

Donahue gave a detailed report on HLOM actives, which includes school and group tours, visits to local schools and leading history tours in the local area.

"Our history just isn't in one building," Donahue said. "It's our entire area."

In the past year, 3,000 people have visited the muesum and more than 400 artifacts were added to the collection.

Upcoming events include the 12th Annual Wonderland of Trees, the Batavia Antique Show and Sale, a bus trip to the New York Central Terminal in Buffalo and a lecture series of women's rights in the 19th and 19th centuries.  

In December, the museum will host a traveling exhibition, "Lincoln, the Constitution and the Civil War."

No budget numbers were discussed and legislators offered no comments on what they might support, or not.

May 14, 2013 - 2:56pm
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