MACHIAS—The Cattaraugus County Museum's "Summer at the Stone House" event series will continue on Thursday, July 13, with a talk on the life of Erastus Granger given by Tom Schobert.
A local history enthusiast, Schobert is a retired healthcare administrator and curator for the West Seneca Historical Museum. He currently portrays several notables from Western New York's past for Forest Lawn Cemetery's tour programs. A historical reenactor for nearly 30 years, he appeared in the film "Gettysburg," the locally produced docudrama "By Fire and Sword – The War of 1812 in the Niagara Theatre" and has been a regular performer in the Hull Family Home and Farmstead's annual Civil War Lantern Tours.
He will appear as Erastus Granger, who was one of the leaders of Buffalo during its earliest days. Granger was noted for having been the first postmaster for "Buffaloe Creek" – as it was known in 1803 – and was instrumental in forging a positive relationship between the United States and the Haudenosaunee nation during the tumultuous days of the War of 1812.
The museum is adding some Saturday hours to their schedule this summer. Due to the number of people who have expressed interest in visiting the museum, particularly the Randolph Mammoth, but cannot make it during the regular weekday hours, the museum will be open on the first and third Saturdays during July and August from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The museum is located in the Stone House, 9824 Route 16 in Machias. Their regular hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. For additional information, call 353-8200.