LeRoy Historical Society

Spring Trip to Buffalo –May 4 & 5 The spring trip will include overnight accommodations at the historic Lafayette Hotel, which was designed by the first licensed woman architect, Louise Blanchard Bethune. A special tour of the hotel has been scheduled for Thursday evening after dinner. Other highlights of the two- day visit to Buffalo include: Pierce Arrow Museum Pierce Arrow Museum features the 1927 Buffalo Filling station designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Although Wright designed this building for Buf- falo, it was never constructed. The station was recently built inside the museum and the unusual copper roof, which resembles the wings of an air- plane, is actually the gas tanks which were suspended from above, instead of being buried underground.The mu- seum is owned by Jim and Mary Ann Sandoro. Forest Lawn Cemetery As one of the first rural cemeteries in the United States, Forest Lawn Buffalo, NY – is at the heart of Western New York’s cultural tourism renaissance. Its first interment took place in 1849. The 269-acre cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Some of the famous people buried in Forest Lawn:Willis Carrier – developed the Carrier air-conditioner; Dorothy Berlin – wife of Irving Berlin; Shirley Chisholm – First African American woman in Congress; Frederick Cook – discovered the North Pole; Millard Fill- more - President of the United States; Red Jacket – famous Iroquois chief; William P. Letchworth – Letchworth Park. The group will be conducted through the cemetery on a trolley. The Darwin Martin House This Frank Lloyd Wright house, built between 1903 and 1905, exemplifies the architect’s Prairie House design and is one of his finest residential works. It was designed for the Lar- kin Soap Company executive, Darwin Martin, and the complex consists of the main Martin House, the smaller Barton House, a carriage house with chauffeur’s quarters and stables, a glass-roofed conservatory and a gar- dener’s cottage. The tour will explore the buildings, surrounding landscape, and an extensive collection of art glass and furnishings, all designed by Wright. The tour continues to the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Fontana Boathouse and then lunch at the Buf- falo Yacht Club. Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park This museum is on the shore of Lake Erie and is home to several decom- missioned US Naval vessels: Cleve- land-class cruiser, USS Little Rock; the Fletcher-class destroyer USS The Sulli- vans; and the submarine USS Croaker. All three are open to the public. There are still several seats available. For more information concerning this trip, contact the Historical Society 585- 768-7433. From the Director’s Desk The Historical Society is pleased to announce that we have been notified of a $1000 grant that has been awarded by the Blood Founda- tion.This grant will allow the Historical Society to once again offer summer programs for kids at LeRoy House. It has been over a year since we updated our websites and it is long past due. So we are gradually making changes. So if you haven’t checked our website lately, make sure you visit the Jell-O Gallery site www.jellogallery.org. If you are interested in making a pur- chase from the museum shop, you can browse the website for ideas and then give us a call to check on availability. As much as we would like to have an on line store, at this time it is not fea- sible. You might also want to visit the LeRoy Historical site www.leroy- historicalsociety.org. All of the Penny- saver articles 2008 through 2016 are accessible as well as recent Historical Society newsletters. This website will be expanded this year. The Historical Society also has a facebook page that members might find interesting. The “Dream Team” of Anne Frew, Shelia Furr, Joanne Graham and Cheryll Fernaays have been working one day a week, cleaning and organiz- ing, painting and sorting. Gary Gra- ham has helped cover the unsightly pegboard in the 1830s kitchen and has made three covers for the fluorescent lights. Ron Paganin has helped paint “miles” of shelving in the basement. The floors are being painted, and the basement will be looking good for the summer. Many thanks to all these folks for their help. LeRoy House and the Jell-O Gallery will host several hundred members of the Association of Living History, Farms and Agricultural Muse- ums in June.We will be asking for a few volunteers to help. If you would like to help, call the office at 768-7433. Plans are well underway for the summer exhibit, “Remember the Ladies” which will focus on the contri- butions of many LeRoy women. 2017 celebrates the hundredth anniversary of the suffrage vote in New York State that gave the vote to woman. (The amendment was defeated in LeRoy by 38 votes.) Welcome two new Life Members: Anne Frew Cheryll Fernaays