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Holland Land Office Museum

June 26, 2020 - 2:04pm
posted by Billie Owens in hlom, news, batavia, history, Holland Land Office Museum.

Press release:

The Holland Land Office Museum reopens to the public today, June 26, at its normal business hours. The museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The museum will be reopening with some noticeable changes.

Firstly, the museum is implementing its Safety Plan, which requires all visitors to the museum to wear masks and admission will be limited to 10 at a time. Also, visitors are asked to refrain from touching any of the artifacts and cases, and to follow our “one way” floor plan. Visitors are also asked to maintain the 6 foot social distancing protocol and to use the hand sanitizer and washing stations around the museum.

Secondly, the museum is reopening under a new admission policy. Visitors to the museum will now have to pay an admission fee. The ranges include: Free for Museum Members, $1 for Children, $3 for Students/Veterans/Seniors, $5 for Adults, and $10 for a Family of four.

The HLOM is instituting a strict cleaning procedure to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors, but wishes everyone to come by and visit us and see all our treasures of the history of Genesee County.

Thank you to all who have supported us in the past, through this difficult time, and continue to into the future. 

If you have any questions please contact the museum by phone at (585) 343-4727 or email at [email protected]. Information can also be found on our website, hollandlandoffice.com, or our Facebook page.

June 6, 2020 - 8:00am
posted by Billie Owens in hlom, Holland Land Office Museum, news, batavia, volunteers.

Press release:

Have you ever wondered how Genesee County came to be? What was the Holland Land Purchase? What is a Gibbet? If any of these questions peak your curiosity among many others, then volunteering at the Holland Land Office might be perfect for you.

The museum is reaching out to anyone with an interest in local history who would like to volunteer. Any amount of time that can be given is welcome, even an hour a week can make a great difference.

Volunteers can work in many different areas, and interests and strengths will be used to the most optimum affect.

Areas of need include: cleaning, gift shop, docent/tour guide, documenting of artifacts, exhibits and displays, landscaping, etc.

Volunteer hours would be during the normal hours of operation of the museum are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

If you have an interest in volunteering with the Holland Land Office Museum, please contact Director Ryan Duffy at (585) 343-4727 or email him at:   [email protected]

Information can also be found at the museum’s website.

May 4, 2020 - 6:46pm

From the Holland Land Office Museum:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, on May 5, 2020, people around the world are coming together for #GivingTuesdayNow to give back to their communities and valued organizations in many different ways. The Holland Land Office Museum will be one of those participating cultural organizations and we need your help!

By joining the #GivingTuesdayNow movement, you’re proving that in times of uncertainty, generosity can bring the whole world together. As regular sources of funding become less reliable, we must look to other avenues to make our way through these difficult times.

We are joining this movement to ask for support from our friends and community in order to continue our mission to educate and preserve the local history of Genesee County and the development of Western New York through the history of the Holland Land Company.

Here is how you can help:

On May 5, go to www.hollandlandoffice.com or our Facebook page and donate.

This support will go toward many different areas:

  • The continued operation of the museum and maintaining of our staff.
  • The continuance of our programming both virtual and in public once it is safe to do so. These programs include: History Heroes Kids Summer Camp, Saturday Morning Children’s Program, Guest Speaker & Concert Series, Java with Joe E., and Trivia Nights.
  • The development of exhibits and exhibitions.
  • The preservation and conservation of the museum’s collection of more than 20,000 artifacts.
  • The efforts currently under way to rebuild and restore the two 19th century military cannons featured on the museum’s front portico.

You can also support our organization in these ways:

  • Follow -- Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and invite your friends to do the same.
  • Spread the word -- Encourage your friends and family to join you in creating a real impact on May 5th by sharing what our mission means to you and why you support our organization. Make sure to use the hashtag #GivingTuesdayNow.

Learn more at www.hollandlandoffice.com as well as our social media platforms.

Thank you for your support during this challenging time.

Ryan Duffy, Director, Holland Land Office Museum

November 23, 2019 - 7:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Holland Land Office Museum, hlom, batavia, video.
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November 21, 2019 - 12:57pm

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We are ready for our 18th annual Wonderland of Trees Kickoff! Baskets at the Holland Land Office Museum are nestled all snug in their places, so come on down today or tomorrow during business hours if you want a sneak peek and to get your choices in early!

Not only do we have close to 40 gift baskets for our raffle, but we also have a beautiful tree to win  -- decorated by the lovely "Anything Your Heart Desires" florist. If you would rather, try your luck at winning cash grab, or a couple of tickets for our 50/50 raffle instead.  

The kickoff starts tomorrow (Nov. 22) at 6 p.m. and will continue until 8:30. There will be delicious hors d’oeuvres provided by the D & R Depot throughout the night to enjoy while you listen to music performed by voice students of Sound Foundation Voice Studio as well as a flute ensemble from Batavia Middle School.  

Tickets for the kickoff are $15 per person, $10 per member or $5 per child under 12. They can be purchased online here, by calling (585) 343-4727, or stopping at the Museum, located at 131 W. Main St. in Batavia.

Tickets for the basket raffle are $2 per ticket, 10 tickets for $10 or 25 tickets for $20.  

Tickets for the 50/50 raffle are $1 per ticket or five tickets for $4.  

At the kickoff, we will be holding a silent auction for a couple of the bigger items so make sure you don’t miss out.  

Winners will be pulled at 8:15 p.m. at the kickoff but you don’t have to be present to win.

What a great way to start the holidays with food and entertainment for the whole family!

November 2, 2019 - 7:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in hlom, Holland Land Office Museum, batavia, history, video, news.
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The two cannons that have sat on the front porch of the Holland Land Office Museum for more than a century have been removed and transported to Altoona, Pa., for a $20,000 period-accurate restoration.

The Museum is paying $10,000 for the restoration and is seeking public donations of $10,000 in a campaign called, "Ready, Aim, Donate."

July 31, 2019 - 12:46pm
posted by Holland Land Office in Murder Mystery, Holland Land Office Museum.
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September 28, 2019 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm
The Holland Land Office Museum is proud to present its first Murder Mystery Dinner Theater fundraiser. An original Mystery written for the Holland Land Museum, based on the 19th century crime of the century, the Disappearance of William Morgan. Will you outsmart the suspects and determine what happened to him and "who dun it"? The mystery is a live performance with considerable interaction between the suspects and the audience with an extensive comedic touch put on by WNY Improv, Inc. .
July 31, 2019 - 12:43pm
posted by Holland Land Office in Holland Land Office Museum.
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August 29, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Lorna MacDonald Czarnota will be speaking on her book "Legends, Lore, and Secrets of Western New York." Uncover new stories and secrets told through the ages. Learn about the "cat people," Ossian Giant, and Kitty O'Neil, just some of the names that make up the rich lore history of Western New York. This next installment of our guest speaker series will be on Thursday, August 29th, starting at 7pm. It's only $3 per person and $2 for museum members.
July 31, 2019 - 12:37pm
posted by Holland Land Office in Trivia, Holland Land Office Museum.
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August 8, 2019 - 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!! This event begins at 7pm and is $3 per person and $2 for museum members. This month's theme is Baseball! Keep an eye on our twitter and website page for more details and make sure to share with your friends!
June 18, 2019 - 12:37pm
posted by Holland Land Office in Trivia, Holland Land Office Museum.
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July 11, 2019 - 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!! This event begins at 7pm and is $3 per person and $2 for museum members. This month's theme is the Revolution Period Keep an eye on our twitter and website page for more details and make sure to share with your friends!
May 15, 2019 - 12:31pm
posted by Holland Land Office in Holland Land Office Museum.
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June 13, 2019 - 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!! This event begins at 7pm and is $3 per person and $2 for museum members. The Theme this month is World War II. Keep an eye on our twitter and website page for more details and make sure to share with your friends!
May 15, 2019 - 12:30pm
posted by Holland Land Office in Holland Land Office Museum.
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June 12, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Holland Land Office Museum is proud to present Earl McElfresh of McElfresh Map Company in Olean, NY, in our next installment of our Guest Speaker Series. McElfresh will be presenting "Strange Ground: Mapping and Robert E. Lee's Gettysburg Campaign." If you are a fan of the Civil War, this is a presentation you don't want to miss. Program begins at 7pm and is $3 per person and $2 for museum members.
May 7, 2019 - 11:42am
posted by Holland Land Office in music, Holland Land Office Museum.
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June 6, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Holland Land Office Museum is proud to welcome Old Hippies for a night of acoustic music from the 50's, 60's, and 70's. Join us for a night of music, friends, and good memories. Music begins at 7pm and is $5 per person and $4 for museum members.
April 13, 2019 - 12:00pm
posted by Holland Land Office in Holland Land Office Museum.
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May 22, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Join us as Michael Block talks about the "Battle of Cedar Mountain." A battle fought during the Civil War where Union forces attacked the Confederate forces near Cedar Mountain as they tried to march on the Culpeper Court House. This event begins at 7pm and is $3 per person and $2 for museum members.
April 13, 2019 - 11:57am
posted by Holland Land Office in Holland Land Office Museum, Trivia.
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May 9, 2019 - 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!! This event begins at 7pm and is $3 per person and $2 for museum members.
April 13, 2019 - 11:55am
posted by Holland Land Office in Holland Land Office Museum.
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May 8, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Join us as Joyce Thompson-Hovey returns to tell us about Civil War pets & mascots. Explore another side of the Civil War that isn't known to many. Find out which units adopted which animal, the seemingly normal and the bizarre. This event begins at 7pm and is $3 per person and $2 for museum members. 
April 6, 2019 - 12:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in hlom, Holland Land Office Museum, antique show, batavia.
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The Holland Land Office Museum is hosting its annual antique show in the Call Arena at Genesee Community College this weekend. The show continues today until 3 p.m.

March 28, 2019 - 11:13am
posted by Holland Land Office in Trivia, Holland Land Office Museum, civil war.
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April 11, 2019 - 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!! This event begins at 7pm and is $3 per person and $2 for museum members. This month's theme is the Civil War! Keep an eye on our twitter and website page for more details and make sure to share with your friends!
February 22, 2019 - 12:32pm
posted by Holland Land Office in Holland Land Office Museum.
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April 5, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
We are excited to host our 13th Annual Batavia Antique Show & Sale on Friday April 5th, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday, April 6th, 2019 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. $5 admission for adults, children under 12 are free, and always free parking. This year the show will be held at the Richard C. Call Arena on the campus of Genesee Community College, located at 1 College Rd. Batavia, NY 14020.
February 22, 2019 - 12:29pm
posted by Holland Land Office in Holland Land Office Museum, coffee, Donuts.
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April 25, 2019 - 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. 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.
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