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Collins exploring historical society

COLLINS — A meeting will be held at the Collins Library on May 23 at 5 p.m., to garner support for the organization of a town of Collins Historical Society.

Organizers announced a stated goal of better preserving the history of the original town of Collins, which includes all of the lands presently within town borders, a portion of the village of Gowanda, land inside the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, land now located within the town of Brant and the portion which now constitutes North Collins, as well as preparing for Collins’ upcoming bicentennial.

Town Historian Irvine Gaffney has accumulated information concerning the town history, with virtually no budget. Those materials now occupy a room in the basement of the town hall. No tax dollars for the preservation of history or the historical aspects of the town are available. After nearly 200 years of the town’s existence, its residents are now addressing the possibility of creating a historical society.

All Collins residents, as well as those belonging to local historical societies within Gowanda, North Collins, the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation and the town of Concord, may attend the meeting.

For more information, call Linda Munro at 241-7066.

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