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Local museums offering free day

The Cattaraugus County Museum and 22 other not-for-profit societies and museums will host a free day at the museum on Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Additional information about each museum, as well as printable maps, are available online, at each museum’s website, or at

Participating museums include:

– The Ashford Historical Society Museum, located on School Street in West Valley. For more information, call 942-3885 or 942-6669. A demonstration of sauerkraut-making will take place, from 10 a.m. – noon.

– The East Otto Historical Museum, located at 8982 Reed Hill Road in East Otto. The museum building was originally a Baptist Church that was constructed in 1854. It houses memorabilia relating to the town, an original wooden voting booth and a bicycle built for two. For more information, call the town historian at 257-3337.

– The Arcade Historical Society, located at 331 West Main St. in Arcade. The society is located in a 1903 Queen Anne-style house and, this season, is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Arcade Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 374. For more information, visit or call 492-4466.

– The Concord Historical Society in Springville offers three historic and research facilities. Those include the “Pop” Warner Museum, located at 98 East Main St. and the Concord Mercantile, behind the “Pop” Warner Museum. The Lucy Bensley Center for genealogical research is under renovation, but more information is available by calling 592-0094.

– The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Center, located at 9824 Route 16 in Machias, is inside the Stone House, the sole surviving building of the Cattaraugus County Alms House and Insane Asylum, which was constructed in 1868. Continuing the commemoration of the Civil War, all exhibits are of that event. A discussion about the history and use of the rase knife, by Allan Fish, at 10:15 a.m. “Abe Lincoln” will split rails and demonstrate how to construct a rail fence zigzag design, using period tools, at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 353-8200.

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