MACHIAS—The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library has announced the Summer at the Stone House event series will begin 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, with a program detailing the life of Alonzo Sampson given by presenters Sam Genco and Karen Livsey.
Sampson, a native of Cattaraugus County, was the author of the autobiography, “Three Times Around the World – The Life and Adventures of Alonzo D. Sampson," a narrative mainly dealing with his life in the whaling industry during the 1850s.
Livsey recently retired from the Fenton History Center in Jamestown, where she was the librarian and archivist and assisted researchers with local history and genealogy. She has compiled two volumes of land records from the archives of the Holland Land Company and in association with a cousin, wrote two local history books for the Arcadia Postcard History Series.
Genco recently completed 35 years at Lake View Cemetery in Jamestown. He has been researching various local people, businesses and events for much of that time.
The Summer at the Stone House series will take place on the second and fourth Thursdays, June through August. All events begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
The schedule is: June 14, Sam Genco and Karen Livsey, "Alonzo Sampson;" June 28, Phillip Payne, "World War I;" July 12, Dave Ruch, "Traditional Folk Music of NY, Vol. II;" July 26, James Huntington, "Charles Huntington, Renaissance Man of Randolph;" Aug. 9: Della Moore, "The African-American Center for Cultural Development" and Aug. 23: Allen Hopkins, "Music of the World Wars".
The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library is located in the Stone House, 9824 Route 16 in Machias. The regular hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. They will also be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month, May through October.