Leon's First Settler Bicentennial

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Event Date(s): Sat, 05/05/2018 - 11:00am - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 3:00pm
Leon Historical Museum celebrates first settler bicentennial

In 1818 the first settlers arrived in what is now the town of Leon.  Throughout 2018, the bicentennial year of this event, the Leon Historical Society celebrates the town's earliest history with a series of special programs and events. 

January 1st - December 31st:  "Pioneer's Journey" educational program. 
Leon Historical Society offers "Pioneer's Journey", an educational program for children ages 8 to 12 and anyone older who likes to play and learn.  This is a game of sorts, with miniature models and artifacts, that explains what an early 19th century homestead in the wilderness of Western New York State would have been like.  Participants experience a series of activities that explain and demonstrate:
Why 19th century pioneers came to Western New York State. 
How land became available to these pioneers
Preparation for the journey to their new home
Making the journey through the wilderness
The program is available to area libraries, schools and any other interested group, free of charge.  To schedule a LHS educator visit to your facility to present "Pioneer's Journey" call or email Tina Scherman at 716-836-5268, tnelsonscherman [at] gmail [dot] com

Saturday, April 21st: First Settler sign dedication, Leon Hollow Cemetery.  This is invitation only, sorry.  The ceremony celebrating the dedication of this sign to the town of Leon is honored by the presence of NYS Senator, Cathy Young, local historians and Leon Historical Society member, Myra Johnston, a descenden of James Franklin. 

Saturdays, May 5th- October 27th (11am to 3pm):  "Pioneer Life Exhibit" at the Leon Historical Museum.  Public is welcome to view the new exhibit installed and play the "Pioneer's Journey" Game. 

Information on the Museum can be found on their website or Facebook page. 

For more information on this event please visit https://www.facebook.com/Leon-Historical-Society-197130763730122/

This event will be held at:

Leon Historical Museum
6780 Rt. 62
Leon, NY 14751
United States
Phone: 716-296-5709
42° 17' 53.9808" N, 79° 0' 22.4316" W
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