Program Schedule

Upcoming Events

Speakers series is free and open to the public.  Events are held at the Historical Society at 7pm unless otherwise noted...  13 Alburtus Avenue, Bemus Point NY 14712  (right next to the Fire Hall)

  • September 11, 2019 Tonight we will meet in the lobby and will be the welcomed guests of the Johnston Family, third generation hoteliers, at the Lenhart Hotel.  We will be treated to a tour of the facility and will learn the unvarnished truth about “the  spirits” that are also Lenhart guests. ALSO IN SEPTEMBER…the BPHS will have an open house in conjunction with the Bemus Point Fall Fest…September 13 - 15.

  • October 9, 2019 Tonight Twan Leenders, President of the  Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, will help us to understand “why  Jamestown?”…why and how could Jamestown and the surrounding area nourish the  incredible talent of Roger Tory Peterson.  Lots to unfold.

  • November 13, 2019 Phil Zimmer, a local author who has written extensively on WWII for several magazines, will present a film in which five area veterans  discuss their experiences, fears and hopes  during their service in WWII.  The presentation will begin “right on time”. ALSO IN NOVEMBER…the BPHS will have an open house during the Bemus Point Holiday Open House…November 1 - 3.

  • December 11, 2019 Please join us for a Bemus Point Historical Society holiday celebration.  Details will be announced during the  November meeting of the Society.

  • January 8, 2020   To be announced


  • February 12, 2020 Jon Schmitz, Chautauqua Institution Archivist, and Norman Carlson, Collections Manager at the Fenton History Center are tonight’s  presenters.  These two fine gentlemen will  provide unique insights into the “hotel culture” that once existed (and probably still does exist) around Lake Chautauqua. Lots to learn.


  • March 11, 2020 “Clairvoyant Doctress” was the alluring title  Antonette Matteson used on her business card.  This brilliant and philanthropic women learned from the Indians, made her own “Psychic”  remedies, and sold them at Lily Dale.  A Power Point program with a Lily Dale post card tour will tell her story.

  • April 8, 2020  “History Show and Tell”…you have 5 minutes to show us and to tell us about the truly amazing item that you bring to this evening’s meeting… should be a fun evening.  There may even be prizes.


  • May 13, 2020   Ellicott Town Historian (and all-round history buff) Karen Livsey will “look back” and give us insights into our grocery shopping habits and venues that proliferated in our area during the past few decades…she’s sure to fascinate and inform. ALSO IN MAY…the BPHS will have an open house during the Bemus Point Spring Fest… dates TBA.


  • June 10, 2020  Tonight’s meeting will be held at the Fluvanna Community Historical Society (on Fluvanna Ave. Ext. between Town Line Road and Bentley Ave.)  During this evening’s visit audience members can view items from the FCHS’s  collection and Mary Turney and Sherry Shay will give us a brief history of the Fluvanna area.  The BPHS is pleased to be able to support and encourage the FCHS. ALSO IN JUNE…. the BPHS will participate in the Bemus Point  Village Sidewalk Sale to earn money for the Mary Jane Stahley Memorial History Award which is given to a Maple Grove High School senior annually.






During the summer, the BPHS is open on Saturdays from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm


Call 386-7977 for more information.  Please Join Us.


**The BPHS winter meetings, (listed above), are held in the Society's museum on 13 Alburtus Avenue next to the Bemus Point Fire Hall on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted above.  The BPHS Board  of Trutees meets at the Museum on the first Tuesday of each month.  Everyone is always welcome!


**You DO NOT need to be a member of the Society or a resident of the Town of Ellery or Village of Bemus Point to attend any meetings or programs - Please come and join us!


Contact any officer or member regarding loans or gifts of historical interest to the museum or with suggestions for speakers and programs.

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