The Gate House

As part of our Historic Snyder Walking Tour on July 7th we will visit “The Gate House” at the corner of Main Street and Getzville Road.  The owners, Caroline and William Duax have been kind enough to open their unique home to us and have even compiled some facts and thoughts for us prior to the tour.  Enjoy…

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The Gate House ~ by Caroline Duax

Purchasing, renovating (partial), and living in the Gate House has been and continues to be an adventure to say the least.  The wide rambling house was originally two buildings (c 1820-40), and were the structures at each end as seen from Main Street.  The space between them was filled by a one story shed that stood further back on the property as well as the archway that is remembered by most who view the house.  This was accomplished by 1910.

The house on the right, on the east section, was occupied by the Hedstrom estate caretaker, Charlie Tong, his wife Martha, and their son.  The house on the left, the west section, was occupied by the farmers who worked Hedstrom’s farm.  The middle section was open in the back and housed farm and property equipment.  Farming stopped around 1918 or so.

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The second floor of the barn still showcases original planks

The barn behind the east house is a large structure with a beautiful second floor because of its high peaked roof.  The first floor housed horses and buggies, then cars.

The area to the east of the building (now lawn and woods) was an apple and pear tree orchard.  One of the remaining pear trees is next to the house, still blossoming and producing fruit, and there are a few apple trees in the wooded area.

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The Gate House and trolley tracks

The trolley line ran along Main St., and the last tool booth on route 5 between Buffalo and Albany stood directly in front of the west section of the house.  A number of people have thought the gate house was the toll house, but that is not the case.

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The Hedstom Mansion is now an apartment complex

Arthur Hedstrom’s mansion is off Getzville Road and is completely different in style from the Gate House.  Hedstrom was one of the early settlers in the area and was part of the beginning of residential development in the town.  He was a philanthropist and supporter of his church and the Albright Art Gallery.

WE HOPE TO SEE ALL OF YOU ON JULY 7th

AT OUR

Historic Snyder Walking Tour

Click here to preview and download the images that will guide our tour!!

A Look at Amherst’s Service Clubs

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On Saturday May 5th, the Bicentennial Interclub Luncheon was held at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village.  The event, organized by Bicentennial Commission member Susan Grelick was a tribute to Amherst Service Clubs. 

A Look at Amherst’s Service Clubs

by Susan Grelick

We owe our service clubs a debt of gratitude for their  service to our community. When there has been a need they have always stepped up to fill in – when our seniors needed a place to congregate – with the assistance of Quota, Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary Clubs the first senior center in New York opened in 1961 on Main Street near Burroughs.

Whether  it’s been the $5.5 million raised by the Millard Fillmore Suburban Women’s Hospital Board for the hospital; or the Ladies Fire Co. auxiliaries raising money to buy much needed fire equipment for our fire departments – our service clubs have always been there to meet the needs of our community.

They support our Town’s youth and recreation programs.  Each year, the Jolly Boys organize the town’s Old Home Days Festival. The festival’s proceeds are used for youth programs in Amherst. The Bachelor of Arms Club was founded as a social and recreational club for young men. It had its own baseball team and met regularly at the Hopkins Schoolhouse on South Cayuga Road until it disbanded in the 1960s. And the Rotary Clubs provide funding for summer tennis tournaments, bike rodeos and youth after school programs.

The Garden clubs beautify our neighborhoods with tree plantings, and flower gardens. And the service clubs refresh our spirits by their generous annual donations to the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, a community volunteer orchestra with four free concerts each year.

The clubs have been strong advocates – the Williamsville rotary was an early advocate for the hospital being built in Amherst and our political clubs have helped to shape the vision of our town through their support of candidates running for office.

The Williamsville Lions Club and the Amherst Central Lions Club both began in 1952 to “serve the humanitarian needs of our community”. The Lions primarily assist the visually impaired and the blind. Quota of Amherst got its start in 1942 when a group of woman gathered to serve coffee, donuts and cigarettes when the troop trains came through Buffalo during the war. Today Quota of Amherst raises funds to assist the hearing and speech impaired.

And the clubs help us to remember and never forget the sacrifices that have been made for us by the long lasting memorials they have created: like the Amherst Republican Women’s establishment in 1955 of the War Memorial at the intersection of Main Street and Bailey Avenue; and the Soldiers Monument in the Williamsville Cemetery erected in 1947 by George F. Lamm Post #622;

We can never thank them enough !! 

Amherst Service Clubs
  • AMERICAN LEGION GEORGE F. LAMM POST (1919) The American Legion George F. Lamm Post is named for the first Town of Amherst serviceman that lost his life in World War I. For many years the Lamm Post had a band that sponsored concerts in the Village of Williamsville Island Park.
  • AMHERST DANCE CLUB (1957) The club consists of 80 couples who hold five dances each year.
  • AMHERST GARDEN CLUB (1932) The Amherst Garden Club is one of the oldest in Western New York. It held its first flower show in 1932 in the Cayuga Road School.
  • AMHERST REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE (1955) The New York Republican State Committee was established in 1855, with a strong presence in Amherst.
  • AMHERST REPUBLICAN WOMEN, FEDERATED IN 1933 In 1929 a group of Amherst women taking a train to President Hoover’s inauguration, discussed starting their own organization.  In 1933 they became Amherst Republican Women, or “ARW”. ARW has played a key role in community projects such as the 1955 establishment of the War Memorial near the intersection of Main Street and Bailey Avenue.
  • AMHERST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA FRIENDS COMMITTE (1953) The committee’s purpose is to support the orchestra by publicizing its concerts, participating in fundraising, and providing hospitality for the musicians.
  • AMHERST WOMEN’S INTERCLUB COUNCIL (2000) The Amherst Women’s Interclub Council is comprised of women who represent  20 Amherst women’s service clubs. Founded by Susan Grelick and Dolores Sapienza, the Council holds an annual event to support BNHV.
  • BACHELOR OF ARMS CLUB (1933) The Bachelor of Arms Club was founded as a social and recreational club for young men. It had its own baseball team and met regularly at the Hopkins Schoolhouse on Cayuga Road until it disbanded in the 1960s.
  • BUFFALO FEDERATION WOMEN’S CLUB (1904) Furthers education, community improvement and provides scholarships to the State University of New York and Buffalo State College.
  • FOREST STREAM GARDEN CLUB (1942) Forest Stream Garden Club became a member of Federated Garden Clubs of NYS in 1946. Through their 75 years, Forest Stream Garden Club has hosted flower shows, supported the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, and the Amherst Blue Star Marker.
  • GETZVILLE FIRE CO. LADIES AUXILIARY (1922) Over 75 years the auxiliary has donated cash, equipment, building repairs and remodeling to Getzville Fire Company.
  • JOLLY BOYS OF WILLIAMSVILLE (1972) They raise funds for Amherst youth and recreation. Their major fundraising activity is Old Home Days.
  • LIONS CLUBS (1952) The Williamsville Lions Club and the Amherst Central Lions Club assist the visually impaired and blind.
  • MAIN TRANSIT FIRE LADIES AUXILIARY (1936) Assists the firefighters by raising money for equipment, provides scholarships, and assists families who are in need.
  • MILLARD FILLMORE WOMEN’S HOSPITAL BOARD (1962) To date, the Board has raised $5.5 million for the hospital through their fundraising activities.
  • QUOTA CLUB OF AMHERST (1942) One of the oldest service organizations in the world, the club raises funds to assist the hearing and speech impaired.
  • SWORMVILLE FIRE CO. LADIES AUXILIARY (1920) Assists the firefighters by raising money to purchase needed equipment.
  • UNITED METHODIST WOMEN OF WILLIAMSVILLE (1915) Supports programs to improve the needs of economically dependent, undereducated or those who suffer hardship due to their refugee and immigration status.
  • UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO WOMEN’S CLUB (1945) Proceeds from their fund-raising events provide scholarships monies for UB students demonstrating academic excellence.
  • WHISKER CLUB 1950, 1993, 2018 The Whisker Club was formed in 1950 during the Williamsville Sesquicentennial and again in 1993 for the Amherst Septquicentennial. The men in this club grow beards and whiskers for prizes.
  • WILLIAMSVILLE ROTARY CLUB (1925) The Williamsville Rotary was the 2,026th chartered division of Rotary International. The Town has been home to four rotary clubs: Amherst East Rotary, Amherst North Rotary, Amherst South Rotary, and the Williamsville Rotary.
  • ZONTA CLUB OF AMHERST (1965) From fundraising to service projects, the club has supported many organizations and groups such as the hospital, orchestra, Meal on Wheels and the fire departments.

The Bicentennial Commission is compiling a history of the Town of Amherst service clubs as part of the year long celebration. If your club would like to be included please contact Susan Grelick at susangrelick@gmail.com

Bicentennial Interclub Luncheon Memories

Post Cards – The Original Text Message

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A postcard of the Beck Hotel in its original location facing Main Street at the SE corner of Harlem Road (left).  In the 1930s the building was moved backwards and turned to face Harlem Road to make room for the Socony Gas Station .  A 2014 renovation of the building showed glimpses of the building’s past (right).

As the great great granddaughter of Michael Snyder, the first Post Master of Snyder, NY, the subject of communication seems like an obvious blog topic for me.  As someone who has inherited boxes and boxes of old letters and post cards, it’s actually something I think about a lot, so bear with me on this one.

In our age of instant communication it seems bizarre to imagine a world that moved much slower…a world where answers weren’t immediate and people relied on patience and faith to survive.  The unknown was a much bigger place back then and yet our ancestors seemed to manage, even thrive in their snail mail world.  Take it from someone who panics if she can’t track her kids’ phones just to make sure they safely arrived back at college … those mothers must have had nerves of steel!  Imagine not being able to send a text or make a phone call to ask a question.  Imagine not being able to set up a last minute dinner date or business meeting.  Imagine not being able to tell your spouse what you forgot to put on the grocery list or to call and check on your mother after surgery.  Our Amherst ancestors had no landlines, no mobile phones and no internet.  What they did have was vision, perseverance and an ample sense of humor.

Grace & Herman Landel weddingFeb 24 1909 – Snyder.  I will write to all of you that barring accidents and setbacks I will come to your house early Friday morning about 9 o’clock. Very nice sleighing isn’t it? I suppose you wish there wouldn’t be sleighing if I repeat last Sunday’s performance don’t you?  Ha ha.  I am sawing wood for exercise nowadays.  From your dull cousin H.E.L. (Herman E. Landel)

So, as part of our Bicentennial celebration, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at our ancestor’s forms of communication and try to compare them to ours. Is communication one of those things that has changed so much that we have no common ground, or is it a case of “the more things change, the more they stay the same?”  People are people after all, right?

Landel Bros – Williamsvillephone truck

Dear Sir-  I haven’t hired out yet so I will come out to see you the first part of next week to see whether we can make bargain.  From Henry Ronicker  (Henry Ronicker is best known for his men’ store on Main Street in the Village of Williamsville)

In the 1800s and 1900s the people of Amherst had to rely on three fundamental forms of communication – post cards, letters and word of mouth.  To put these things in a modern context, post cards would be like our text messages…just a few quick lines to get the point across. They only take a few minutes to send and because of that, people tend to send way more than they probably should.  Plus, many post cards had pictures of the writer’s own home or portrait on the back…like a twentieth century selfie!  Letters, on the other hand would be the equivalent of email…. a little more formal, a little bit more detailed and capable of much greater length.  I wonder if twentieth century teenagers made fun of their parents for writing letters instead of post cards the way mine make fun of me for writing emails instead of texts? Word of mouth is definitely the grandfather of social media…if there is something you want people to know, you make it public and wait for someone to repeat (or retweet) it. “Old man Landel’s cow just gave birth to a two headed calf,” someone says at the mercantile.  You can’t tell me that wouldn’t go nineteenth century viral!

Charles Landel - Main St FarmDec 22, 1910 – Clarence 7pm

Dear Cousin – Well I suppose you are waiting breathlessly for xmas as to give her the present.  I was in Sunday, had a dandy time, stayed overnight.  Took the morning train home.  How about the Hutchin Hose Ball?  I expect to go.  I suppose you are tearing off sleigh rides now.  Some sleighs and snow-banks are out here now.

(Note:  Not only did people have to write post cards from Clarence to Amherst, they also took the train back and forth…and how about that Hucthin Hose Ball reference!)

So what do you think?  Are we more like our forefathers than you might have expected?  Is history just repeating itself with better technology and larger expectations?  You will have to come to your own conclusions.  For me, I will leave you with a glimpse into everyday life in twentieth century Amherst – courtesy of the post card!

July 27, 1910 –  Charlie – I have three girls and can’t string any of them.  What do you think of it?   J.S.

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Charles Landel (1888 – 1975)

August 3, 1910 –  How’s the boy today?  Suppose you did a little driving yesterday.  Was a fine day.  I didn’t feel very well, was home in the afternoon and evening.  Went to church in the morning.  Saturday I took a ride on the motor – went about 40 miles.  Alvin

October 17, 1910 – Hello Charles, did you have a good time yesterday?  If convenient for you, would like to have you and Arthur come over Wednesday.  We have sent word to Herman.  What do you think of Tonawanda?   A.H.B.

Nov 9, 1910 –  Rather sorry election day.  I suppose you walked up and pulled down the lever.  I didn’t – have to.  I was out your way Sunday but there was no light hanging out.  You must have been sleeping.  We came to Transit for a young lady.  Went to Harris Hill Church (with a gray flannel shirt on).  I’ll tell you about it – she was a dandy.  I have great heart trouble right now.   Is the brick pavement open yet? 

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Jan 31 1910 –  Well this is Sunday evening 9:45.  You ought to have been to the sleigh ride.  We had a fine time and such joy.  I got home at 5:30am & only got an hour’s sleep – felt like xxx the next day.  (As pictured, my ancestors frequently went on sleigh rides at the Hedstrom estate on Main Street and Getzville Road)

***Do you have old post cards to share?  Email them to us at jlwoite@yahoo.com so everyone can enjoy them!

 

 

The Legacy of Michael Snyder

Main Street early 1900's

Well I figured I would officially kick off this blog with the topic I know the most about…ME!  I am Julianna Fiddler Woite, a born and bred Amherst girl who happens to serve on this Bicentennial Commission.  My emotional investment in Amherst is obvious…this town is LITERALLY a part of who I am.  As the great great granddaughter of Michael Snyder, namesake of Snyder NY, my attachments and my interest are unwavering.  I became hooked on local history thanks to Mr. David Kinnin’s 7th grade Social Studies class at Amherst Junior High School (shout out to the Class of 1987) and it has consumed me ever since.  I have written a few books, given countless lectures and tried to make everyone I meet respect their history as much as I do.  I have even made it my profession to help other people discover and preserve their family history (shameless plug: https://www.everybodyshistory.com).  As my kids will tell you, I am a card carrying “history geek” and will over-share old stories with anyone who will listen.  So since I have a captive audience, I will inaugurate this blog with some thoughts on one of my favorite subjects…you guessed it…Snyder!

The funny thing about the hamlet of Snyder is that were it not for a tragic twist of fate, this region would invariably be known by some other name.  Why?  I guess I should start at the beginning.

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Abraham Snyder (1797-1832)

Abraham and Veronica Snyder, along with their young sons John (7 years) and Michael (3 years), came to Amherst from Dauphin County Pennsylvania about 1823 and settled in a vacant log cabin at the southwest corner of present day Main Street and Harlem Road (Key Bank).  The Snyders, as many pioneers, made ends meet by farming and selling firewood to the City of Buffalo.  By 1832, the Snyders welcomed a third son, Jacob, and had saved enough money to buy some property in the Harris Hill region of Clarence. Apparently a move was imminent and, if it weren’t for one heartbreaking event, the Snyder family would never have remained in “Snyder” long enough to sponsor its name.  As we unravel the family history, we learn that Abraham Snyder never arrived at Harris Hill to make his transaction and never returned home either.  After being presumed dead for several years, Abraham’s remains were eventually unearthed by workmen excavating for an addition to the Eagle House.  As the Eagle House hosted a stage coach stop in those days, it is presumed that Abraham was robbed and murdered while waiting for the Harris Hill coach.

Picture1In his father’s absence, twelve year old Michael Snyder began his iconic development of the wilderness around the Snyder homestead.  By the time he was 17 Michael had built his mother a plank house at the northwest corner of the intersection (Bagel Jays) and was operating a mercantile with his Uncle Jacob Schenk from the front room.  While the Snyder’s maintained their living quarters in the back of the house, the second floor was used as a ballroom and eventually a courthouse.

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Michael Snyder standing in front of the Snyder Post Office at the northwest corner of Main Street and Harlem Road (presently Snyder Square)

Over the next several years Michael would construct and operate a rug looming shop, vinegar works and band hall.  He built a blacksmith shop and wagon works that he leased to members of the community and, most notably, opened and operated Snyder’s first US Post Office.  While it is the distinction of being Snyder’s first Post Master that lent his name to the hamlet, Michael also served as Justice of the Peace, Town Auctioneer and Amherst Town Supervisor.

To me, it is unfathomable to picture what my hometown would look like were it not for my great great grandfather, Michael Snyder.   Honestly, it would probably look a lot like Clarence since I might never have been an Amherst girl at all.  I wonder if my great grandfather Solomon, his daughter Beulah and my father, Robert Fiddler would each have put their roots in Clarence as they did in Snyder.  So in a way, my ancestor’s greatest tragedy is also their greatest gift.  I’m sure losing his father at 12 and being thrust into adulthood was not what Michael had pictured for himself when he was a young boy playing in the Amherst wilderness.  As someone who lost her own father at 16, I feel a unique sort of bond with Michael in that regard.  Life doesn’t always work out how you plan…and sometimes childhood ends just a little sooner than you imagine. The true test of character is what you do with those challenges.  Michael chose to honor his father by building a village and creating a community.  As for me, I will continue to honor mine by telling his family’s story to anyone who will listen.  Sorry kids!

So like I said, through my work, my beliefs and my bloodlines, this town is literally a part of who I am. I am Amherst; but guess what?  So are you.  You don’t need to share genetics, have 50 years of memories or even an Amherst address to be a part of our community.  As of February 1st our website had hits from across the United States as well as 10 foreign countries.  Hometown ties are everywhere and a true Amherst love never dies.  So now it’s your turn.  Send us some pictures.  Sketch out a blog.  Isn’t it time you took your place in history?

200 Proclamations

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200 Greetings/Proclamations to Recognize the Town of Amherst’s Bicentennial 
 
When the commission began planning the bicentennial kickoff celebration we thought it might be fun to try and gather 200 proclamations to celebrate our 200th birthday….and we were right…it was!!  So who is curious about where exactly those 200+ proclamations came from?
SENECA NATION – President Todd Gates 
FEDERAL
United States Senator Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Congressman Brian Higgins
Congressman Chris Collins
NEW YORK STATE 
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli 
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman 
NYS Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
New York State Senator Chris Jacobs
New York State Senator Tim Kennedy
New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer
New York State Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes
New York State Assemblyman Michael J. Norris 
New York State Assemblywoman Monica Piga Wallace
New York State Assemblyman Ray Walter
New York State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger
COUNTIES AND COUNTY OFFICIALS 
Erie County Legislature
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz
Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns
Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw
Erie County Legislator Tom Loughran
Erie County Legislator Ed Rath
Cattaraugus County Legislature
Chautauqua County Legislature
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello
Chautauqua County Legislator Richard Andres
Chautauqua County Legislator Bob Scudder
Chautauqua County Legislature Chairman Wendel
Chautauqua County Legislator Ron Lemon
Chautauqua County Legislator Mark J. Odell
Niagara County Legislature
 
TOWN OF AMHERST OFFICIALS 
Amherst Town Board (New York)
Amherst Supervisor Brian Kulpa
Amherst Councilwoman Jacqui Berger
Amherst Councilman Deborah Bruch Bucki
Amherst Councilman Shawn Lavin
Amherst Councilman Fran Spoth
Amherst Town Clerk Marjory Jaeger
Amherst Highway Superintendent Pat Lucey
Amherst Town Justice Kara Buscaglia
Amherst Town Justice Geoffrey Klein
PLACES NAMED AMHERST 
Amherst College President Martin (Massachusetts)
Amherst, City of (Ohio)
Amherst, Village of (Wisconsin)
Amherst, Town of (Massachusetts)
Amherst, Town of (Nova Scotia, Canada)
SCHOOL DISTRICTS 
Amherst Central School District Superintendent Anthony Panella
Sweet Home School District Superintendent Anthony Day
Sweet Home School Board Trustees
Williamsville School District Superintendent Scott Martzloff 
Williamsville School District Clerk Mitzie Serafin
Williamsville School Board Member Mark Mecca
Williamsville School Board Member Suzanne Van Sice
Williamsville School Board Vice President Teresa Anne Leatherbarrow
Williamsville School Board President Shawn P. Lemay
Greetings from Former Amherst Town officials
Amherst Supervisor Susan Grelick
Amherst Supervisor Dan Ward
Amherst Town Board member Peggy Santillo
Amherst Councilmember Steve Sanders
Amherst Councilmember Jerry Brownrout
Amherst Councilwoman Penny Zeplowitz
Amherst Councilman Mark Manna
Amherst Councilmember Jane Woodward
Amherst Councilwoman Ramona Popowich
Amherst Councilman Guy Marlette
Amherst Councilwoman Shelly Schratz
Amherst Highway Superintendent Tom Wik (now Sheridan Councilman)
Former NYS Senator, NYS Assemblyman and Village of Williamsville Mayor John Sheffer
Amherst Supervisor Satish Mohan
Amherst Highway Superintendent Patrick Lucey
Town of Amherst Attorney James M. Nesper
CITIES AND CITY OFFICIALS  
City of Batavia
City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown
City of Buffalo Councilman Richard Fontana
City of Buffalo Councilman Joseph Golombek
City of Jamestown Mayor Samuel Teresi
City of Jamestown City Councilman Thomas Nelson 
City of Niagara Falls
City of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster
City of Olean
City of Tonawanda Council President Jenna Koch
City of North Tonawanda
City of North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur Pappas
VILLAGES AND TOWNS 
Akron, Village of
Alden, Village of
Arcade, Village of
Attica, Town of
Attica, Village of
Aurora, Town of
Barker, Village of
Bergen, Town of
Brant, Town of
Brocton  Village Clerk Jagoda
Byron, Town of
Caledonia, Town of
Cassadaga, Village of
Chautauqua, Town of
Cheektowaga Town Clerk Vickie L. Dankowski
Cheektowaga Town Supervisor Diane Benczkowski
Clarence, Town of
Colden, Town of
Collins, Town of
Concord, Town of
Depew, Village of
East Otto, Town of
Eden, Town of
Elba, Village of
Ellery, Town of
Ellington, Town of
Elma, Town of
Ellicottville, Town of
Evans, Town of
Grand Island, Town of
Gowanda, Village of
Hamburg, Town of
Hamburg, Village of
Hartland, Town of
Holland, Town of
Java, Town of
Lewiston, Village of
Lancaster, Village of
Lancaster, Town of
Lima, Town of
Lima, Village of
Livonia, Village of
Mansfield, Town of
Marilla, a Town of
Mayville, Village of
Murray, Town of
Newfane, Town of
Newstead, Town of
Niagara, Town of
North Harmony, Town of
North Harmony Supervisor Nancy Carlson
Nunda, Town of
Orchard Park, Town of
Orchard Park, Village of
Pembroke, Town of
Pendleton, Town of
Poland, Town of
Town of Poland Councilman Terry Walker
Pomfret, Town of
Portland, Town of
Portville, Village of
Ridgeway, Town of
Ripley, Town of
Royalton, Town of
Sheridan, Town of
Silver Creek, Village of
Somerset, Town of
South Dayton, Village of
Tonawanda, Town of
Westfield, Town of
West Seneca, Town of
Williamsville, Village of
Wilson, Village of
Yates, Town of
Yorkshire, Town of
Amherst Bicentennial Commission Members 
Dave Sherman – Co-Chair
Herbert Schmidt – Co-Chair
Juliana Woite
David Kohler
Marilyn Ciancio
Joan Fishburn
Keaton DePriest
Mary Diana Pouli
Mary Kate O’Connell
Dolores Sapienza (Old Home Days Parade Bicentennial Chair)
Susan Grelick – Secretary
FORMER JUDGE AND AUTHOR 
Judge Penny Wolfgang
Joseph Grande, PHD – author of Amherst’s history
ORGANIZATIONS (Including Interclub Service Club Representatives)
Village of Williamsville Historical Society and Museum
Amherst Chamber – President Colleen DiPirro
Buffalo Federation of Women’s Club
UB Women’s Club
Getzville Ladies Auxiliary
Jolly Boys
Main Transit Ladies Auxiliary
Amherst Dance Club
Quota Club of Amherst
Zonta Club of Amherst
Forum Club
George F. Lamm Post
Forest Stream Garden Club
Amherst Republican Women
Amherst Democratic Chairman Jerry Schad
Millard Fillmore Suburban Women’s Group
Amherst Victorian Dancers
Friends of Amherst Symphony
Amherst Garden Club
Women Interested in Cystic Health
Williamsville Rotary Club
Amherst South Rotary Club
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Trustees 
Jan Reilly, President
Michael Tyrpak, Vice President 
Connie Kotas, Treasurer 
Dawn Hutsebaut, Secretary 
Susan Koch
Scott Russell
John Simon
Peter Stakiewicz
Carrie Stiver
Jane Stoddard
Hex Kleinmartin, PHD

Welcome to the Amherst 200 Blog!

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Although the residents of Amherst, 1818 had to make due with ink and a printing press, the residents of Amherst, 2018 have technological luxuries unimaginable to our forefathers.  Their letters and picture postcards are our text messages and Instagram photos.  Their buggies are our Smart Cars and their carriages our luxury SUV’s.   And let’s not forget, although we still might enjoy sitting down with our coffee and printed newspaper, we now have the option of breezing though the digital version as time allows.

Calling All Residents!!

What better way to celebrate Amherst’s 200th anniversary than with another technological advancement…the blog!  We encourage all Amherst residents to considering sharing their memories, photographs and local expertise.  If you have a particular knowledge about something…we want to hear about it.  If you have fond memories of a school, a restaurant or a period of time…let us know!  Do you collect artifacts or other items of historical significance?  Drop us a line!  Has your family lived in Amherst for decades and has interesting stories to tell?  Bring them on! If you want to share it, we want to hear about it.

This is YOUR space Amherst…let’s fill it with 200 years worth of memories!

To submit blog ideas, recollections, photographs, etc. please fill out the Contact form on this website or email us at amherst200@gmail.com