Saturday, November 14, 2009

BCHS Now on Facebook

Now there is another way for you to connect with the Bradford County Historical Society! We are now on Facebook!

If you have a Facebook account, simply search for "Bradford County Historical Society" and then join our Group. It's easy and it will help spread the word about BCHS. Leave a message while you're there. If you're not on Facebook, go to and start an account.

We will post information about upcoming events, such as our Laquin program, on our Facebook page and we want to hear feedback from you.

If you know of someone who is on Facebook, let them know that we are there!

Laquin Program A Huge Success

I presented the program, "Laquin: Behind the Photos" at the Rialto Theatre last Saturday, November 7th, sponsored by the Bradford County Historical Society. The photos below pretty much tell the story. The theatre was filled beyond capacity and a second show had to presented the same day to get another 40 people into the theatre. It was another great outreach event for the Historical Society.

We have been receiving calls and emails asking if we were planning to do it again. The answer is yes! I am looking at dates and locations in 2010. We will be selling tickets to these events so that everyone is guaranteed a seat. The best way to find out when the next event will be held is to keep checking the Calendar of Events on our website. We will post the new information as soon as all the details are in place.

Meanwhile check out the photos and also the news article below that appeared in the Canton Independent-Sentinel this week. If you are reading this in your email inbox click here to see the photos, etc.

The line extended down the street and around the corner.

The audience during the first show.

"Laquin: Behind The Photos"
Was Beyond Expectations
Canton Independent-Sentinel, November 12, 2009

The people kept coming and the line kept growing. The line of people outside of the Rialto Theatre went on and on and on to attend "Laquin Behind the Photos" presented by the Bradford County Historical Society (Matthew Carl, Curator) on November 7, 2009.

When the presentation began, all of the 154 seats had been filled plus chairs added and people standing.

The SRO audience totaled 175 area history loving citizens.

In the meantime, there were still about seventy-five (75) people standing outside the Rialto Theatre wanting to be inside.

The Bradford County Historical Society and the Rialto Theatre staff immediately decided to have an emergency presentation at 3:30 p.m. the same day.

At 3:30 p.m. forty-five (45) people returned for the excellent program about Laquin, a town which used to be on Barclay Mountain.

For the local citizens who missed the program, Matthew Carl (Curator) from LeRoy, said that plans for encore presentations are now in the process to have "Laquin Behind the Photos" as well as "Harry Davenport: Canton's Famous Actor" scheduled again for 2010.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Laquin Commentary - Part 3

Today, the Barclay Cemetery is in decent condition compared to what it was like when I first visited the site. We entered the cemetery and it was immediately pointed out to us that we needed to be careful and stay on the paths. The cemetery was full of large sink holes where coal mines under the cemetery had collapsed. Some of the grave stones were in the holes.

Although we were only at the cemetery briefly, it made an impression on me just the same. I wondered who these people were.

Upon arriving home, I was absolutely worn out, and my head was spinning with everything I had seen and heard over the past two days. For a kid that was only just a decade old, my brain was on overload. I started talking about Laquin and I haven't stopped since that day. I wanted to know more.

I started a scrapbook on Laquin and wrote down everything that I saw or heard during the trip. It is still amusing to read what my first impressions of Laquin were. Shortly after this I discovered that one of my ancestors was a clerk at the Laquin store.

This experience was the beginning of my interest in local history. It led me to find out more about my hometown of LeRoy and eventually start the LeRoy Heritage Museum. I would eventually lead tours of Laquin which allowed me the opportunity to become very familiar with the town.

Two years ago, while designing the Bradford County Historical Society's new Barclay Mountain history book, I spent many hours examining the photographs of Laquin that are available. I realized that people have written about the town and some have used photographs to illustrate their history, but has anyone focused on the photos themselves?

Rather than giving information and supplementing it with photos, the program, "Laquin: Behind the Photos," shows photos and supplements them with information. Many people learn more through sight rather than sound. Why not learn from the photographs?

Don't miss the program, "Laquin: Behind the Photos," on Saturday, November 7, 2009 beginning at 1 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Admission of $6 per person will be charged at the door. The proceeds benefit the work of the Bradford County Historical Society. See you then!