BUSTI - An appreciation for Chautauqua County's history will be observed by those charged with its preservation at Busti Mill.
On Tuesday, the mill will serve as the host site for the Chautauqua County Historical Society's fourth annual summer picnic and speaker program from 6-8 p.m.
The event is being held in partnership with the Busti Historical Society, and will revolve around a discussion of the renovation of the historic Busti Mill. In addition to the picnic and discussion, which will be led by Norman Carlson of the Busti Historical Society, a tour and live demonstration of the renovated mill will also take place.
Attendees of the 2012 Chautauqua County Historical Society annual picnic and speaker program, hosted at Falconer Park, are pictured. This year’s picnic will be held Tuesday at the Busti Mill beginning at 6 p.m.
According to Jason Sample, trustee and programming chair of the Chautauqua County Historical Society, the recent renovation of the Busti Mill made the landmark a prime candidate for the site of this year's picnic.
"This year, we chose Busti as the location for our picnic because of the recently completed renovation of the historic Busti Mill," Sample said. "We were approached by members of the Busti Historical Society in 2013, who asked us if we'd be interested in having one of our programs at the mill. While planning our 2014 programs, we thought that the mill would be an ideal location for our annual picnic. We really hope to see a lot of people turn out for the event."
Sample said Chautauqua County Historical Society's annual picnic was incorporated into the society's yearly program schedule as a means of increasing its exposure in different communities and to educate more people on the county's history.
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"We felt it would be a good way to increase attendance for a lecture or presentation and, because we wanted to have the picnic at various locations, it would also give us additional exposure in various communities around the county," he said.
This year marks the first time the annual picnic has come to Busti. The first three picnics were hosted, respectively, in Mayville, Falconer and Celoron.
Parking is limited immediately adjacent to the mill and pavilion, so attendees are asked to reserve those spots for handicapped and/or elderly guests. Additional parking is also available in several places directly across the road. There is no cost to attend, but everyone who will be on hand is encouraged to provide a dish to pass for the picnic.
Reservations are appreciated by Friday. To make a reservation or for more information, call the Chautauqua County Historical Society at 326-2977, or email email@example.com.
The Chautauqua County Historical Society was established in 1883, and is the oldest historical society in Chautauqua County. Since 1951, the organization has been based out of the historic McClurg Mansion - built in 1818 - located in Westfield. For more information, call 326-2977 or visit www.mcclurgmuseum.org.