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Post date: Fri, 02/27/2015 - 3:55pm

File photo by Tom Rivers
Matt Ballard, interim director of the Cobblestone Museum, is pictured in front of the Cobblestone Universalist Church built in 1834. Ballard was appointed the county’s new historian today.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 February 2015 - County Picks New Historian to Succeed Bill Lattin
ALBION – Orleans County’s new historian is only 26. But Matthew Ballard already has shown a commitment to historical initiatives.

Ballard has served as interim director at the Cobblestone Museum for more than a year, and organized an exhibit and lecture series at the museum on medical history in Orleans County and Western New York.

He created a web site in 2010,, that highlights the history and art of the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albion. Ballard grew up on Brown Street and was part of the St. Mary’s community while growing up. He was an altar server.

The Albion Polonia site includes baptismal records, marriage licenses, and funerals of the Polish community. Ballard has photos of many of the weddings. He has a searchable database that helps people on a genealogical quest.

Post date: Sat, 01/24/2015 - 11:29am

Posted: Saturday, January 24, 2015 9:00 am - Courtesy of The Daily News

World War I may have ended nearly a century ago, but the sacrifices of local soldiers is something the new director of the Cobblestone Museum feels should never be forgotten.

Post date: Fri, 01/02/2015 - 3:14pm

Posted: Friday, January 2, 2015 2:57 am | Updated: 3:03 am, Fri Jan 2, 2015.

CHILDS — Matt Ballard is looking forward to his second year as director of the Cobblestone Museum.

He will be sole owner of the position, after co-director Sarah Karas announced her resignation this month.

Although the museum is closed for the winter, Ballard is busy planning special events for the 2015 season, which begins in May.

His desire is to make the Cobblestone Museum more visible and involve the community will begin with a permanent/traveling exhibit in collaboration with the Clarendon and Medina Historical societies.

The exhibit, funded by a $2,000 grant from GO ART!, will feature Orleans County’s involvement in World War I.

“The contributions Orleans County made to World War I have kind of been forgotten,” Ballard said.