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Lucy Bensley Center ~ Pop Warner Museum/Concord Historical Society ~
WARNER MUSEUM OPEN SATURDAYS March thru October
MERCANTILE ACCEPTING TOURS
CONCORD MERCANTILE 1890s GENERAL STORE
OPEN TUESDAY 7 - 9 WITH MUSIC
OPEN WEDNESDAYS and SATURDAYS 10 AM to 2 PM
LUCY BENSLEY CENTER
9 AM - 2 PM Tuesday Through Thursday
2nd and 4th Sundays 2-4 PM
The mission of the Concord Historical Society is to preserve, educate and promote the history and people of the Village of Springville and the Town of Concord. Toward these goals our more recent activities have included the revitalization of the exhibits in the Pop Warner Historical Museum, the acquisition of the adjacent Fish Bowl property and the creation of the circa 1890's Mercantile General Store and most recently the spearheading of the Village Clock project culminating in the erection of the 19 ft Seth Thomas replica clock on the site of the original Farmer's Bank in Springville. We also continue to offer genealogy research in the Lucy Bensley Center.
The success of the Mercantile can be measured in the over 15,000 visitors who have signed our guestbook in just the 4 years since we have finished this building. The weekly performances of 15 - 25 musicians continue to draw standing room only crowds to enjoy the Country, Bluegrass and Country Gospel genre.
To continue our historical mission, our next project will be the Heritage Building expansion project. This 40 ft by 40 ft, 2 story building behind the existing Concord Mercantile will add over 850 sq ft of display area and an additional 750 sq ft of seating area for live music and small gatherings. The upstairs area will provide over 700 sq ft of much needed storage space. The Heritage Building will feature store front displays of downtown Springville 1920 ~ 1960.
Photos & additional information available at www.TownOfConcordNYHistorical Society.org/Heritage Building
There will be 3 permanent displays, one for George Schuster and our one of a kind collection of memorabilia from the 1908 NY to Paris Auto Race, a 1/2 scale replica of the 4 story 1877 Leland House and the 1949 Art Deco style Joylan Theater. Additional semi permanent/rotating displays will show Dr RB Waite's Dental Office, Pop Warner's football and American Indian collections, Jack Yellen's Music Store, Kuhn's original drugstore, Concord Medical Center, a lavatory and small kitchenette.
This project, estimated to cost approximately $200,000 will require the financial and volunteer support of many members, families, friends and local organizations. To complete this project in a reasonable period of time we plan to raise sufficient funds to have local contractors do the site preparation, foundation work and to erect and enclose the building shell. Community volunteers will then step forward to complete the interior store front construction and display areas. Projected completion is by 2017.
Contributors will be recognized in a variety of ways within the Heritage Building. Some names will be on plaques, others will have names on office windows, cornerstones or on the buildings themselves.
Suggested Levels of sponsorship:
PATRON~ up to $100 BRONZE~ $250 SILVER ~ $500 GOLD $1,000 PLATINUM ~ $2,500 CORNERSTONE ~ $5,000
NAMING of BUILDINGS ~ $10,000 & over
All $250 & up donors will have your name on plaques throughout the Heritage display
$2,500 donors will have your name/company on a 2nd floor window
All $5,000 & up will have names on cornerstones or buildings
501.3c Donations can be made to the
Concord Historical Society
PO Box 425, Springville, NY 14141
Consider a lasting family Legacy, Memorial or Bequest
David Batterson, President, Concord Historical Society 560-8464
Joel Maul, Vice President Concord Historical Society 592-4766
Heritage Building Advisory panel: Grover Riefler, Robert Rung, Jeanne Fornes, Peter Mueller, Donald Tober, Jeff Mahl, Jenny Burkhalter, Alan Manchester, Mark Krzemein, Ron Klahn, Richard Barber & more to come...
Springville is located on US 39 just east of US 219.
Some of our neighboring communities include:
To the East: Sardinia, Chaffee, Arcade, Delevan, Yorkshire
To the West: Collins Center, Collins, Gowanda, Langford
To the North: Boston, Colden, Glenwood, East Concord
To the South: Ellicottville, Ashford Hollow, West Valley, East Otto
Town Historian: David Batterson, Phone: 716-560-8464
Concord NY Historical Society - Upcoming Events
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Lucy Bensley Center ~ Concord Historical Society ~ Concord Mercantile
January 7th, is a special meeting for the Heritage Building
January 14,2015 at the Lucy Bensely Center. 6;30 will be a potluck dinner with the meeting starting at 7:00pm. At this meeting there will be a elections of the Officers. Bring a dish to pass. Drinks to be provided.
HOURS OF OPERATION
March - December
Or by appointment
The Warner Museum's current exhibit honors Concord's Civil War veterans and the battles they participated in. Other exhibits features displays of "Pop" Warner's football memorabilia, personal and family items, original paintings, and Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame ring.
The Anna Brooks doll collection, a 1930's kitchen, the Robert Mahl tool collection, a 1913 Stewart truck, spinning and weaving equipment, rare ox bow maker, and numerous items of local interest can also be seen.
Lucy Bensley Center
Tuesday-Thursday 9 AM - 2 PM
2nd and 4th Sundays 2PM - 4 PM
Or by appointment
The Lucy Bensley Genealogy Library has resources and information for those seeking their family histories.
The Concord Mercantile
17 Franklin Street
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7pm-9pm (with music)
Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am-2pm