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May 12, 2009 - 12:58pm

Holland Land Office MuseumThe Holland Land Office Museum is proud to announce the line up for the 2009 Summer Program. The program, for children 7 to 13 years old, consists of sixteen different sessions based on local history. The program is sponsored by The Bank of Castile and the Kiwanis Club of Batavia.

Registration is now open and available on the Museum’s website at www.hollandlandoffice.com or a flyer is available by calling the Museum at (585) 343-4727. The class will fill up fast, so sign your child up today!

April 15, 2009 - 11:55am
posted by Holland Land O... in Announcements, Holland Land Office Museum, books, gifts.

The Bright Mason: An American Mystery (About William Morgan)

 

Great Graves of Upstate New York

Mount Allegro: A Memoir of Italian American Life

Parker on the Iroquois

Skunny Wundy: Seneca Indian Tales

From Abbotts to Zurich: New York State Placenames

Seven Generations of Iroquois Leadership: The Six Nations since 1800

Conspiracy of Interests: Iroquois Dispossession and the Rise of New York State

All the proceeds from the store go to help support the Museum's mission.


Click hear for a money saving coupon!

 

April 15, 2009 - 11:27am
posted by Holland Land O... in history, Holland Land Office Museum, food, County Historian.

On Tuesday, April 21st the public is invited to a special dinner program of the Holland Land Office Museum. [img_assist|nid=5516|title=Holland Land Office Museum|desc=|link=node|align=right|width=0|height=50]

 

The dinner, at the Emmanuel Baptist Church 190 Oak Street in Batavia, will feature their popular Swiss steak dinner served family style.

 

After dinner, County Historian, Susan Conklin will speak. Her program is the Spanish Flu and its Impact on Genesee County.

 

The Spanish Flu, or 1918 Flu Pandemic, spread to nearly every corner of the world. It killed an estimated 20 to 100 million people worldwide, including up to 675,000 Americans.

 

The Spanish Flu is an under researched event in world history. There are a few scholarly books about it and some novels that take place during it.

Conklin will discuss what was happening in our community during this time and how local residents reacted.

 

The cost of the dinner and program is $10 per person. Please call the museum at 343-4727 with your reservation by April 16th.

 

 

March 13, 2009 - 7:57am
posted by Holland Land O... in Antiques, events, Holland Land Office Museum.

The HLOM Antique Show and Sale begins today at 5:00 p.m. at Batavia Downs.

Over 40 dealers will be setting up booths selling all types of antiques.

Admission for this fundraiser is $4.00. ($1.00 off coupons are available at www.BataviaAntiqueShow.com

The hours of the show is today from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m and tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

See you there!

 

 

 

 

March 5, 2009 - 10:05am
posted by Holland Land O... in Antiques, Holland Land Office Museum.

On Sunday, March 8th, volunteers from the Museum will be traveling around town putting signs up promoting the Annual Antique Show at Batavia Downs. If you live on one of the major Batavia routes, we would love your permission to put up a sign in your yard! (See the photo of the sign)

 

The signs will go up on Sunday, March 8th and we will pick them up on Sunday, March 15th.

If you will allow us to put up a sign in your yard, please call the Museum at 343-4727.

The Fifth Annual Antique Show will be held at Batavia Downs on Friday, March 13th from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday March 14th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Over 40 of the best dealers in the region will be there. The admission fee for the event is $4.00 for adults and children under 12 are free.

For a $1 off admission coupon, a list of dealers and more information check out www.BataviaAntiqueShow.com

On Sunday, March 8, volunteers from the Museum will be traveling around town putting signs up promoting the Annual Antique Show at Batavia Downs. If you live on one of the major Batavia routes, we would love your permission to put up a sign in your yard! (See the photo of the sign

February 24, 2009 - 5:15pm
posted by Holland Land O... in batavia, history, pictures, Postcards.

Arcadia Publishing has rereleased Barbara Ann Toal's book, Images of America: Batavia. The book was originally published in 2000 and has been sold out and unavailable for the past four years.

The book is available at the Joseph Ellicott Museum Store at the Holland Land Office Museum and contains more than 180 photographs, postcards, maps and drawings. The book makes an excellent gift and retails for $19.99.

The Holland Land Office Museum located at 131 West Main Street in Batavia is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Arcadia Publishing, based in South Carolina, are experts in publishing short run local history books. They have published local histories on thousands of cities, towns and villages across the United States.

For more information, contact the Museum at 585-343-4727

 

 

February 24, 2009 - 5:00pm

On Wednesday, February 25th the public is invited to special program at the Holland Land Office Museum. In celebration of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, the Museum will be hosting a lecture called, Lincoln and the Free Soil Movement.

The program will be presented by Garth Swanson. Mr. Swanson is a Professor of History at Genesee Community College. He will put Lincoln in perspective, discuss his views on slavery and dispel some of the Lincoln myths. He will also discuss some of Lincoln’s ties to Western New York.

The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Holland Land Office Museum. Refreshments will be served following the program. Get there early for a good seat, because there will be a full house!

 

January 2, 2009 - 1:13pm

Thomas (age 7) and Alyssa (age 5) were at the Holland Land Office Museum today to build a snowman in the snowman contest sponsored by thebatavian.com.

They named their creation “Snowball the Snowman.”

The contest runs until Saturday, January 3rd at 3:00 p.m. Prize sponsors include Matty’s Pizzeria and Movies in Motion.

To enter the contest, come down to the Museum with your best snowman making materials and supplies and find a place to build it!

Call the museum at 343-4727 if you have any questions.

December 31, 2008 - 9:25am
posted by Holland Land O... in Holland Land Office Museum, Wonderland of Trees, contest, snowman.

With all this snow, its snowman weather!

Come down to the Holland Land Office Museum until noon today and participate in a snowman building contest!

We have great prizes!

And  FREE coffee and hot chocolate! See Danielle is pouring it right now.

Call us at 343-4727 if you have any question.

 

December 30, 2008 - 11:54am
posted by Holland Land O... in Holland Land Office Museum, Wonderland of Trees, contest.

Bring your friends, families or co-workers out tomorrow to the Holland Land Office Museum starting at 9:00 a.m. for a snowman building contest.

Between now and tomorrow morning we are expected to get about five inches of snow and a temperature in the mid-20’s. It will be perfect snowman building weather!

The team that builds the best snowman will win a gift certificate from Matty’s Pizza, plus we are still pulling together a few more items.

If you get too cold building your snowman, come on in to the Museum for free coffee and hot chocolate and see the Wonderland of Trees!

The event runs until noon. This is this first time we are trying this event and I hope everyone comes out and has a great time! It would be a good idea to bring a shovel and a bucket to help you build your masterpiece.

The event is sponsored by our good friends at Five-Star Bank, thebatavian.com and Matty’s Pizza.

www.wonderlandoftrees.com

December 12, 2008 - 2:28pm

The Holland Land Office Museum is proud to announce it’s first ever snowman building contest. The event, sponsored by thebatavian.com, will take place on the east lawn of the Museum on Wednesday, December 31st from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

If there isn’t any snow outside, we’ll build them inside!

Prizes will be awarded. And, we are planning to have a celebrity judge. We can't announce the name yet, because this person isn't confirmed.

Check out www.wonderlandoftrees.com or call the Museum at 343-4727 for more information.

November 18, 2008 - 11:49am
posted by Holland Land O... in events, Holland Land Office Museum, Holidays, Wonderland of Trees.

Groups are setting up for the annual Wonderland of Trees at the Holland Land Office Museum. The event starts Friday evening with the annual Kickoff Gala sponsored by Five Star Bank.

 

The Museum anticipates about 45 community groups, business, organizations and volunteers. There is still a couple of days left to get your trees up. If you or your business would like to decorate a tree, call the Museum at 343-4727. There isn’t a charge to put one up, but the group must supply the tree and all the trimmings.

 

On Friday night at 7:30 p.m., the annual Wonderland of Trees Kickoff Gala occurs.  Come and view the trees, vote on your favorites, enjoy music and visit with friends and neighbors as we ring in the holiday season. Tickets for the event are still available and cost $20 per ticket or $30 per couple. Reserve your ticket by calling the Museum at 343-4727.

 

For more information, visit www.wonderlandoftrees.com

November 7, 2008 - 4:00pm
posted by Holland Land O... in events, Holland Land Office Museum, Holidays.

The Holland Land Office Museum is preparing for the 7th Annual Wonderland of Trees. This annual fundraiser begins November 22, 2008, and runs until January 3, 2009. The annual holiday display features over 40 trees decorated by area businesses, community groups, and local school children. With the theme of “Frosty’s Holiday”, this year’s trees promises to be exciting and creative. The annual event is sponsored by Five Star Bank.

The museum is open special holiday hours for this event. We are open Tuesdays-Saturdays 10:00am-4:00pm. And starting Sunday November 23rd, we will be open 12:30 pm-4:30 pm. The cost of the event is $4.00 for adults, $1.00 for children (ages 5-13), and free for children under 5. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Musem at 343-4727 or on our website at www.wonderlandoftrees.com. We look forward to seeing you this holiday season.

November 7, 2008 - 3:34pm
posted by Holland Land O... in crime, Holland Land Office Museum, books, Bethany, murder, Linden.

Much to my surprise today, local author, William F. Brown, Jr. came into the Holland Land Office Museum with a box of his classic book, The Linden Murders: Unsolved!

The book, originally published in 1984 and in its eighth printing, tells the story of a series of murders that rocked the countryside around the hamlet of Linden in the early 1920s.

The price of the book is $12.95 and will not be available for long. Get your copy immediately at the Holland Land Office Museum; they will certainly sell out before Christmas.

The Holland Land Office Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. For more information, call us at 343-4727 or check out our website at www.hollandlandoffice.com

October 24, 2008 - 11:43am
posted by Holland Land O... in Holland Land Office Museum, Holidays, shopping.

I know it’s early, but let's start thinking about Holiday Shopping!

The Holland Land Office Museum is proud to announce the arrival of the fourth building in the Custom Wood Gift series. On November 1, 2008 the next building, the Old City Hall / Brisbane Mansion will be available at the Museum Store inside the Holland Land Office Museum.

The 5 inch by 7 inch gift features the old City Hall on the front and a history of the building on the back.

Here is the building history from the back:


Brisbane Mansion / City Hall
Batavia, New York

The Brisbane Mansion was built in 1853 by George Brisbane, the son of Batavia’s first merchant. The Brisbane family donated the mansion to the city and assumed it would be razed for a city park.

On February 5, 1918, Ellicott Hall which was serving as city headquarters burned to the ground.

After the fire, City Council decided the Brisbane Mansion would serve as City Hall. Frank Homelius drew up plans for remodeling and the Mansion opened as the new City Hall on September 28, 1918.

In 2004, City Hall was moved from this building to the new City Centre.

The Brisbane Mansion is part of the Genesee County Historic District and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.


This is the fourth building available. The others are the Holland Land Office Museum, the Richmond Mansion and the old Genesee County Courthouse.

 

See the entire collection at http://www.hollandlandoffice.com/museum_store_woodgifts.htm

 

Call the Holland Land Office Museum at (585) 343-4727 to preorder yours today.

 

BUILD YOUR OWN BATAVIA!

October 21, 2008 - 9:58am
posted by Holland Land O... in Announcements, Holland Land Office Museum.

I know its only October, but let’s start thinking about trees!

The Holland Land Office Museum is looking for community groups, businesses and other organizations help us in this annual event by setting up a tree.

This year, the theme is Frosty’s Holiday, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow the theme. Trees can be decorated in any style you want. It doesn't cost to participate and the only restrictions are: it has to be less than nine feet tall and artificial.

For more information and to see pictures of last year’s trees, check out the Museum website at http://www.hollandlandoffice.com/Wonderland%20of%20Trees.htm

If you have any questions, call the Museum at 343-4727.

October 14, 2008 - 2:35pm
posted by Holland Land O... in Batavia Muckdogs, Holland Land Office Museum, sports.

On Thursday, October 16th from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. the Batavia Muckdogs will be at the Holland Land Office Museum with the New York – Penn League Championship T-Shirts.

While you’re at the Holland Land Office Museum, bring your camera and get your picture taken with the League Championship Trophy.

The t-shirts are available in black and grey and cost $18 for adult sizes small to extra large and $19 for sizes double x and larger.

Can’t make it to the Holland Land Office Museum on Thursday? The t-shirts are available at Dwyer Stadium, the Holland Land Office Museum, Red Wings Team Store at Frontier Field and on the web at www.muckdogs.com

August 28, 2008 - 6:20pm
posted by Holland Land O... in Holland Land Office Museum, bill kauffman, lectures.

On Tuesday, September 9th the Holland Land Office Museum will have a dinner program at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, 190 Oak Street. The dinner is open to the public and will feature the Church’s famous Swiss Steak dinner, served family style. The dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. The price of the dinner is $9.00 per person.

After dinner, our special guest speaker will be our very own Bill Kauffman. Mr. Kauffman will be taking time out from his extremely busy book tour schedule to promote his latest book, Forgotten Founder, Drunken Prophet: The Life of Luther Martin.

Martin was a delegate from Maryland to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in Philadelphia. He opposed a system of government where the large states would dominate the small ones. He believed a new central government would have too much power over state governments and would threaten individual rights. Not finding support for his ideas, Martin eventually walked out of the convention.

To reserve your spot at the dinner, RSVP’s are necessary. Please call or email ([email protected]) the Museum by September 3rd at 343-4727 to reserve your spot at the dinner. The book is due out in the middle of September, but we will be fortunate enough to be the first place in the United States to sell the book!

 

August 9, 2008 - 3:01pm

On September 4th at 7:00 p.m., the Holland Land Office Museum is proud to host a book signing for The Bills Are Due by Attica author, Rob Thompson.

 The book is a candid look at Western New York’s favorite football team, the Buffalo Bills. The book is full of personal interviews with Bill’s greats including Jack Kemp, Billy Shaw, Fred Smerlas and Frank Reich. There are interviews with 14 ex-Bills in all.

Thompson’s interviews of the former Bills are fantastic. He gets the players to open up about topics like,  the Bills possible move to Toronto, their favorite Western New York memories and how the NFL Players Union treats its former players.

In the book, Thompson pays tribute to the generation of players who made the Bills what they are today. It is a great insiders look at the team. The chapter on Fred Smerlas made me laugh out loud. The author successfully captures the attitude and personality of the players.

Scheduled to appear with Thompson that night are former Bills, J.D. Hill and Donnie Green. The book is available right now at the Joseph Ellicott Book and Gift Shop in the Holland Land Office Museum. We will have limited copies available for sale that evening. The price of the book is $20.95 and is a must read for any sports fan. Start your Christmas shopping early, pick the book up, have the author sign it, and who knows, maybe a couple of former players!

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