Lecture Series Starts May 29

BEMUS POINT — The Lawson Center Boat Museum announces the opening lecture of their annual “Learning at the Lawson” lecture series on Wednesday, May 29, at 7 p.m. at the museum, 73 Lakeside Drive, Bemus Point.

The hour-long lectures are free and open to the public. A mix-and-mingle time begins at 6:30 p.m. to explore and learn more about the museum.

The first lecture of the series will be Historic Hotels on the Lake: Then and Now.

Jon Schmitz, Chautauqua Institution archivist, and Norman Carlson, collections manager at The Fenton History Center, will be presenting.

At the turn of the century there were many grand old hotels that dotted Chautauqua Lake. From the early 1800s city dwellers from New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio came to escape the heat and enjoy lakeside living and stayed in one of the many hotels that sprung up. Two of these, The Lenhart in Bemus Point and The Athenaeum Hotel on the Chautauqua Institution grounds, are still accepting guests.

The lecture will focus on the hotels, what caused the demise of most and the status of those that remain from Schmitz and Carlson.

The monthly lectures run from May through September on the last Wednesday of every month.

For more information and a schedule, visit www.thelawsoncenter.org.