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Civil War era exhibit now open

MACHIAS—The Cattaraugus County Museum has opened their new Civil War exhibit; Let Us Have Peace: A Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Civil War in its Fourth Year. The exhibit is set to run through October, complementing their summer Civil War event series.

Made possible by the loaning of Civil War artifacts by several Cattaraugus County residents, the exhibit showcases maps, letters and enlistment papers.

Earl McElfresh, who spoke at the museum on June 12, loaned maps and mapmakers of the Civil War. McElfresh is the founder of McElfresh Map Company, LLC and the author of Maps and Mapmakers of the Civil War.

The exhibit also includes memorabilia from William Jones, a Sandusky resident who fought in the Civil War. Jones’ diary, letters, enlistment and discharge papers are all on display at the museum.

“The exhibit is all over the map, it’s not a schematic display,” museum curator Brian McClellan said. “We have a lot of loaned items that can’t really be categorized.”

The Cattaraugus County Museum is located in the Stone House, 9824 Route 16 in Machias. It’s open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. For more information, contact the museum at 353-8200.


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