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Is a social history museum that promotes the study and exploration of cobblestone construction methods from 1825 to 1860, offering visitors the opportunity to explore three period cobblestone structures set in Victorian appearance and four wood structures highlighting 19th century agricultural implements and skilled trades.

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Post date: Mon, 11/10/2014 - 5:34pm

County’s only National Historic Landmark looks to build on success from 2014

File photo by Tom Rivers
Matt Ballard and Sarah Karas, co-directors of the Cobblestone Society Museum, are pictured in front of the Ward House (built in 1836) with the Cobblestone Universalist Church (built in 1834) in back. The museum opened six weeks earlier this year and expanded its programming.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 November 2014
CHILDS – The Cobblestone Museum saw attendance nearly double this past year when the National Historic Landmark opened on Mother’s Day, six weeks earlier than normal, and worked to expand programming, including a series on medicine in the 19th Century.

A new Museum Crawl also linked museums and historic sites on Route 98 from Batavia to Lake Ontario. It resulted in about 50 new visitors for the Cobblestone Museum. Altogether there were 1,475 visitors to the museum in 2014, up from the 876 that were counted in 2013.

“It seems like we’re going in the right direction,” said Matt Ballard, co-director of the museum. “We just have to stick with it.”

Post date: Sat, 10/18/2014 - 12:32pm

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 6:30pm
RSVP by October 31, 2014 - $25.00/person

The Cobblestone Society and Museum will be hosting Dr. Ronald Batt, MD, PhD, of the University at Buffalo’s Medical School as the featured program for the 2014 Annual Dinner and Meeting.

Batt has an impressive resume including a B.S. in Natural Sciences from Niagara University, his M.D. from the University at Buffalo, as well as a M.A. and PhD in history from the University at Buffalo. In 1996, he was selected to serve as co-chair of the Sesquicentennial Committee of the University at Buffalo’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (1846-1996), and was chair of the editorial committee for the Pictorial History of the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

The program will highlight the development of medicine in Western New York from 1800-1850. He will discuss the role of major events, including the War of 1812, the construction of the Erie Canal, and the Panic of 1837, and their impact on the progression of medical research on the Niagara Frontier. The talk will culminate with the formation of the University of Buffalo in 1846 and the immediate effects felt by the surrounding areas.

We had the opportunity to talk more with Dr. Batt during his recent visit to the museum to see the medical exhibit. He shared his thoughts about Orleans County’s earliest physicians, noting that the opening of Buffalo’s School of Medicine would have had an immediate effect on the treatment of illnesses and diseases in this area. Prior to the establishment of medical schools, doctors “practiced” medicine by reading texts and apprenticing with established physicians (similar to the education received by attorneys). 1847’s graduating class, the first to come out of Buffalo, would have brought a reliable and educated group of physicians into the newly established areas of Orleans County.

The Museum had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Batt on August 17th as the first speaker for our Medicine at the Museum Speaker Series. An outstanding and engaging speaker, Dr. Batt will be presenting a revised program focusing on local physicians who graduated from the University of Buffalo's Medical School during the 19th century.

Post date: Thu, 10/02/2014 - 7:23pm

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lyla Gutmann. A dedicated member of the board of trustees and supporter of The Cobblestone Society, she will be greatly missed. Lyla was a sister of the late Robert Frasch, The Cobblestone Society's first president. Thanks to the help and dedication of both Robert and Lyla, The Cobblestone Society Museum has the distinction of housing the only research library and resource center in the world dedicated specifically to cobblestone masonry.

Lyla Gutmann of Hilton, passed away Tuesday, September 30, 2014. She is survived by her husband, George; children, John (Ruth) & Kimberly Gutmann; many brothers-inlaw, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Friends may call on Saturday 4-7PM at Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, 735 East Avenue, Hilton where her Funeral Service will be held Sunday at 10AM. Interment, Garland Cemetery.

Those wishing may contribute to the Cobblestone Society, 14389 Ridge Road West, Albion, NY 14411 in her memory.