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October 30, 2018 - 2:36pm
posted by Holland Land Office in music, Christmas, Holland Land Office Museum.
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December 14, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Get in the Holiday spirit with the Holland Land Office Museum and performer Joe Head as he performs some of your favorite Christmas tunes. The concert will begin at 6pm and is only $5 per person.
October 30, 2018 - 2:32pm
posted by Holland Land Office in local history, Holland Land Office Museum.
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November 7, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Join the Holland Land Office Museum in welcoming local author D. Gregory Van Dussen as he discusses his newest book "Transfiguration and Hope: A Conversation across Time and Space." Beginning at 7pm, Van Dussen will be holding a book signing at the conclusion of the discussion. This event is free so come on out and support our newest local author.
October 19, 2018 - 10:45am
posted by Holland Land Office in Trivia, Holland Land Office Museum, history.
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November 8, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Every second Thursday of each month, put your knowledge of seemingly trivial facts to the test & learn some new ones with our  History Trivia Family & Team Challenge!! $3 per person/ $2 for museum members call for team pricing Keep an eye on our twitter and website page for more details and make sure to share with your friends!
October 19, 2018 - 10:42am
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November 16, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
The Holland Land Office Museum is proud to bring back the Wonderland of Trees for its 17th year. This year's theme is "Favorite Holiday Movie." The Wonderland of Trees will begin this year with its kickoff event Friday, November 16th at 6pm. Tickets for the event are $25 per person/ $20 for museum members and $5 for children under 12. This event will have basket raffles, music, food, and an ugly sweater contest! Come on out and enjoy the many spectacular trees that will be on display from local businesses and organizations!
October 19, 2018 - 10:40am
posted by Holland Land Office in coffee, Holland Land Office Museum.
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October 25, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Join us at the museum the 4th Thursday of each month, 9-10:30am for coffee, pastries and lively conversation about historical and cultural characters and events. This month's speaker will be Greg Van Dussen, speaking on "Camp Meetings and Controversy in the Town of Bergen." If interested in this event, please contact the museum at 585-343-4727 or email [email protected] and we will be happy to keep a chair and a warm cup of “joe” waiting for you.
August 31, 2018 - 1:25pm
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October 17, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Susan Eck, native Western New Yorker and local history buff, will be speaking on "WNY Women in WWI." Ms. Eck's talk will begin at 7pm and is $3 per person and $2 for museum members.
August 8, 2018 - 1:32pm
posted by Holland Land Office in Holland Land Office Museum.
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September 21, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
If you loved them as No Blarney! you'll love them even more as Strummerz, an acoustic rock duo playing your favorites from the 50's, 60's, and 70's. Program begins at 7pm and is $5 per person. If interested, contact the museum at 585-343-4727 or email [email protected]  
August 8, 2018 - 1:28pm
posted by Holland Land Office in Holland Land Office Museum.
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September 20, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Every second Thursday of each month, put your knowledge of seemingly trivial facts to the test & learn some new ones with our  History Trivia Family & Team Challenge!! $3 per person/ $2 for museum members call for team pricing Drink and snack concession stand available (not included in price of admission). For any questions, contact the museum by calling 585-343-4727 or emailing [email protected]  
August 8, 2018 - 1:26pm
posted by Holland Land Office in Holland Land Office Museum.
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September 13, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
The Senior Bus Trip this year, brought to you by the Muriel H. Marshall Fund, will be taking a cruise down the Erie Canal with Colonial Belle Erie Canal Cruises out of Fairport, NY. This exciting day begins at 10am, transportation and lunch is included. Prices begin at $50 per person, $45 for museum members. There is only space for 40 people so sign up today! To claim your spot contact the museum at 585-343-4727 or email [email protected].
August 8, 2018 - 1:24pm
posted by Holland Land Office in Holland Land Office Museum.
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September 12, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
The museum is very excited to welcome the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site to speak on the "Pan-American Expo 1901." Program will begin at 7pm. $3 per person and $2 for museum members. Please R.S.V.P. to the museum by Tuesday, September 11th by calling 585-343-4727 or email [email protected]
August 8, 2018 - 1:15pm
posted by Holland Land Office in Holland Land Office Museum.
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August 23, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Join us at the museum the 4th Thursday of each month, 9-10:30am for coffee, pastries and lively conversation about historical and cultural characters and events. This month's speaker will be Michael Eula, Genesee County Historian, speaking on "Is it Dangerous to Believe Anything We Want to Believe In? The Plot to Kill President Lincoln and The Role of Conspiracies in Genesee County and American History."
August 2, 2018 - 4:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Holland Land Office Museum, hlom, batavia, news, history.

Ryan Duffy is 18 months into his job as director of the Holland Land Office Museum and members of the Genesee County Legislature have taken notice of the improvements he's made to the local history destination.

Several members praised him Monday after he give his annual review report to the Human Services Committee.

"Two years ago or three years ago there was significant activity and concern about the museum," said Robert Bausch, chairman of the legislature. "I just want to compliment you. The issues that we raised are being addressed and addressed in a positive way. I just want to congratulate you."

During his presentation, Duffy laid out some of the activities at the museum, which include continuing the just-completed History Heroes summer camp, cataloging more than 8,000 items at the museum, bringing in more groups to use space at the museum for meetings, bringing in more guest speakers, and starting a Java with Joe morning speakers series.

Duffy also brought back the annual antique show at Batavia Downs, which this year had vendors from as far away as Syracuse and Binghampton and brought in 450 visitors.

The museum also continues to grow as a tourist destination. Duffy said in 2017, nearly half of all people who visited the museum were from outside Genesee County.

Duffy also suggested people start thinking about their Wonderland of Trees decorations. This year's theme will be "favorite holiday movies."

"You’ve done fantastic," said Legislator John Deleo. "You’ve energized everybody including the board."

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During his presentation Monday, Duffy also mentioned two recent acquisitions by the museum.  

Top photo: Six pictures of Gen. Emory Upton. The larger picture on the left is from the West Point yearbook when Upton was an instructor at the academy. The other five are of Upton during the Civil War, showing Upton as a young lieutenant fresh out of West Point through the end of the war when he was a brevet major general (brevet means a temporary promotion usually awarded for valor or exceptionalism; Upton was a brigadier general prior to the brevet promotion).

The photos were obtained from a private collector.

"The pictures show not only the change in himself over time but also his change in rank," Duffy said. "We didn’t have anything like that before. We had later things of him but not something tracing his career. We had the beginning and the end but not the middle."

Bottom photo: A painting of Henry Glowacki on a piece of ivory. Glowacki was a prominent citizen of Batavia in the second half of the 19th century and he had a pretty fascinating biography. Born in 1816, the son of a Polish general, Glowacki was promoted to major in the Polish Army at age 17. He was probably part of the November Uprising, when a group of young officers rebelled against Russian rule of part of their homeland (source). The officers were banished from Poland. He intended to make exile in Illinois but he came into contact with David Ellicott Evans, then manager of the Holland Land Office. Evans hired Glowacki, though he was still only 19 and didn't speak or read English. Within four years, he mastered the language and studied law under H. J. Redfield and he married Mary Redfield. He passed the New York State Bar in 1840 and became a prominent local attorney. He was chairman of the local Democratic Party, a recruiter during the Civil War, a Village of Batavia trustee, an original trustee of the NYS Blind School, and he donated land for the first hospital in Batavia.

Prior to obtaining the painting -- about the size of an egg -- the only pictures HLOM had of Glowacki were as an old man with mutton chops, Duffy said.

Museum staff located the painting while attending an antique show. It is etched on the back with Glowacki's name and his date of birth and death.

The museum already possessed his Polish army uniform and a paperweight he used while employed at the land office.

July 19, 2018 - 2:05pm
posted by Holland Land Office in Holland Land Office Museum.
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August 1, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Holland Land Office Museum is excited to announce the opening of the "New York State School for the Blind Proudly Celebrates 150 Years of Educating Students" exhibit on Wednesday, August 1st at 7pm. Residence Hall Manager Chuck Ruffino will be speaking on the school and visitors will be able to explore the new exhibit learning the diverse history of the school. Visitors will also be able to listen to alumni memories through an interactive powerpoint. All objects in the exhibit are on loan from the New York State School for the Blind. Light refreshments will also be available.
May 23, 2018 - 3:09pm
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August 30, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Holland Land Office Museum is proud to welcome Toby Jewett! He will be presenting "A Flag, A Man, and a Song," relating to the War of 1812 and this area. This program begins at 7pm and is $3 person, $2 for museum members. Come on out for a program that is sure to be as enjoyable as it is educational. For any questions about the event or to R.S.V.P. contact the museum at 585-343-4727 or email [email protected].
May 23, 2018 - 3:04pm
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June 7, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Holland Land Office Museum is proud to welcome Joyce Thompson-Hovey, who will be presenting on "Civil War Music." This program begins at 7pm and is $3 person, $2 for museum members. Come on out for a night of music and fun! For any questions or to R.S.V.P. contact the museum at 585-343-4727 or email [email protected].
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May 1, 2018 - 1:08pm
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June 13, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
On Wednesday, June 13th, Kathie Woika will be presenting on "Kitchen Gardens of the Past Flourishing in the Present." Ms. Woika is a Master Gardener from Bethany, NY. Her presentation will look at the presentation on garden designs and plants used by our ancestors. This event will begin at 7pm and is a $3 donation.
May 1, 2018 - 11:45am
posted by Holland Land Office in Holland Land Office Museum.
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June 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Join us at the Holland Land Office Museum the 4th Thursday of each month, 9-10:30am for coffee, pastries, and lively conversation about historical and cultural characters and events. If you are interested in early morning coffee with historical figures like Ely Parker, Emory Upton, Joseph Ellicott, and others, please contact the museum at 585-343-4727 or by emailing [email protected] and we will be happy to keep a chair and a warm cup of "Joe" waiting for you.
May 1, 2018 - 11:34am
posted by Holland Land Office in Holland Land Office Museum.
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May 17, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
As part of our guest speaker series, the Holland Land Office Museum is proud to welcome Earl McElfresh of McElfresh Map Company in Oleans, NY. Mr. McElfresh will speak on the "Map Making Process and the use of Historical Maps." Program will begin at 7pm and is only $3 per person, $2 for museum members. Please R.S.V.P. to the museum by Tuesday, May 15th.
April 26, 2018 - 4:02pm
posted by Billie Owens in hlom, Holland Land Office Museum, batavia, news.
From the Holland Land Office Museum:
 
It's finally starting to look like April weather, so hopefully May will keep it up! In May, the Holland Land Office Museum is going to be having some great events going on!
 
Thursday, May 10th
Every second Thursday of each month, starting with May 10th, the museum will be hosting a History Trivia & Team Challenge! Starting at 7 p.m., this event is only $3 per person and $2 for museum members. Please call for team pricing. Come on over and test your seemingly trivial knowledge against your friends. Drink and snack concessions will be available (not included in price of admission).
 
Saturday, May 12th
Each month we will be hosting a children's program from 10 a.m - 12 p.m. This event is for children ages 7-12. In May, the theme will be beautification. We will start off the day reading about different plants and soil. Then we will go outside and get our hands dirty planting flowers and other plants around the museum. This is a great way for children to get outside, enjoy the sun, and get their hands dirty! Each program is $5 per child and $4 museum members. Please R.S.V.P. to the museum by May 10th.
 
Thursday, May 17th
As part of our guest speaker series, we are welcome to present Earl McElfresh of McElfresh Map Company in Olean. He is going to speak on his map making process and the use of historical maps. Program will begin at 7 p.m., $3 per person and $2 for museum members. Please R.S.V.P. to the museum by Tuesday, May 15th.
 
Thursday, May 24th
We will be having our morning "Java with Joe E." from 9-10:30 a.m. for coffee, pastries and lively conversation about historical and cultural characters and events. In April, we discussed World War I and Genesee County's part in it. Join us in May for another lively historical discussion. 
 
Feel free to email or call the museum with any questions you may have and make sure to keep an eye on our website for any updates or news.
February 17, 2018 - 9:06am
posted by Howard B. Owens in hlom, Holland Land Office Museum, history, news, batavia.

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David Fitzpatrick, the author of "Emory Upton: Misunderstood Reformer," spoke about his book and what he learned about the Civil War officer who was born and raised in Batavia while researching and writing the book.

At 10 a.m., Fitzpatrick will participate in a panel discussion with local historians at Genesee Community College in the Conable Technology Building, room T119.

Previously: New book corrects the record on Emory Upton's attitude toward the military and the Republic

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