Notes from the Director – June 2024

Summer greetings! I would like to thank all who attended the dedication of our Blue Star Memorial Garden on May 18, 2024 (Armed Forces Day). There were 90 people who attended the ceremony and the weather was absolutely perfect! The plants in the Memorial Garden are beginning to bloom adding beautiful color to the grounds. Come visit and sit in the garden and remember all those who have served, are serving now, and those who will serve.

Our Historic Walking Tours are underway. The Southside Tour will be led by Dr. Thomas Greer on Saturday, June 22nd at 10:30 am. If you missed the Riverwalk tour, don’t fret because we have another one coming up on Saturday, August 31st. This year we will have some special themed walking tours through Lake View Cemetery. For more information or to sign up for one of the tours, go to the Fenton History Center website:

For all of you anglers out there we have a small exhibit on fishing lures. Dan Fellows graciously loaned us his Chautauqua Weedless Trolling Hook along with his research on the lure. The lure was patented by AJ Krantz and GE Smith, residents of Jamestown. JA Anderson of Anderson & Company of Jamestown manufactured the “Chautauqua Minnow,” as it was known. What was unique to this lure was its mechanical spring hook. Come check it out!

Just a reminder that several of you signed up for the Spirit Tour on Saturday, June 22nd at 5:30 p.m. The tour has been sold out for weeks, but we have our next tour on Saturday, October 26th at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Speaking of Historic Spirit Tours, if you missed your chance to go on a Saints and Sinners Carriage Tour at Lake View Cemetery last year and placed your name on the waiting list, you will be contacted to get your tickets early. Regular ticket sales will be posted on our website after July 15th.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to thank the Lenna Foundation for awarding us a grant to waterproof basement storage room 4 in Hall House. We have a large area that could not be used for storage, but with the tuck pointing of the walls and installing a waterproofing system, we will gain storage area. The plan is to move items that we have in offsite storage to room 4 where we will have access to them and be able to use these items in exhibits, not to mention that it will save us money as well. Thank You Lenna Foundation!

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