Bemus Point Library Receives New History Plaque

Jon Stahley is pictured installing a new plaque celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Bemus Point Library. Submitted photo

BEMUS POINT — In 2008, a plaque was created to celebrate 100 years of service for the Bemus Point Library.

The sign described the rich history of the library, but over the years the sign became weathered and faded and needed to be replaced.

A grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation paid for the sign to be replaced.

“We are grateful to CRCF for their continued support allowing us to share our history with the community,” said Shannon Donovan, Bemus Point Library director. “We are also grateful to Jon Stahley for spearheading this project.”

The plaque describes how in 1907 Elizabeth Bemus donated the land for the first library on Center Street. She also loaned the money for the building which resulted in the entire village responding with contributions of money, materials and assistance. The library opened in 1908 with Mrs. Bemus as its first librarian. In 1968 the Bemus Point Library moved to its current location at 13 Main St.