Holland Land Office Museum

Genesee County, New York
131 West Main Street
Batavia, NY 14020

(585) 343-4727


Museum Hours:

Sunday - Monday

Tuesday - Saturday
10am - 4pm

Suggested donation
$1 Child/Student
$2 Adult
$5 Family

Executive Director:
Ryan Duffy

Museum Assistant:
Nellie Slocum

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Guest Speaker Series

The Holland Land Office Museum seeks to bring in presenters from around Western New York to discuss various points of interest in history. Previous topics have included The War of 1812, World War I, Frederick Douglas, and Theodore Roosevelt.
All guest speaker events will be held at the museum unless otherwise noticed. Events will begin at 7pm and cost $3 for the public and $2 for museum members. 

*All pictures for these events can be found under the images tab.*

Dr. David Fitzpatrick- "Emory Upton: Misunderstood Reformer"

Friday, February 16, 2018 the museum held a meet and greet and presentation of Dr. David Fitzpatrick's new book "Emory Upton: Misunderstood Reformer." Dr. Fitzpatrick discussed Emory's life, previous held beliefs on Upton's military career, and why he believes Upton is a misunderstood reformer. 
Saturday, February 17, 2018 on Genesee Community College's Batavia Campus, Dr. Fitzpatrick and other local historians discussed Upton and other well known characters and events of the civil war.

Dr. Fitzpatrick is faculty president and professor of History at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Earl McElfresh on the "Map Making Process and the Use of Historical Maps"
Thursday, May 17, 2018 the museum welcomed Earl McElfresh of McElfresh Map Company in Olean, N.Y. Earl spoke on the map making process and showed us some of his works. If you would like more information on what Earl does, visit his website at http://www.mcelfreshmaps.com/ or contact the museum.

Joyce Thompson-Hovey on "Civil War Music"
Thursday, June 7th, Joyce Thompson-Hovey became the next installment of our Guest Speaker Series here at the museum. Joyce spoke on Civil War Music and was able to shed light on the histories behind some of our favorite patriotic tunes. 

Kathy Woika on "Kitchen Gardens of the Past Flourishing in the Present"
On Wednesday, June 13th, Kathy Woika, a master gardener from Bethany, N.Y., presented on kitchen gardens. This interactive discussion was enjoyable for all who attended. 

Toby Jewett on "A Flag, A Man, and a Song"
Thursday, August 30th, Toby Jewett, a docent at Old Fort Niagara, dived into the history and beginnings of our National Flag. Setting the scene at Fort Niagara during the War of 1812, Jewett explained the history behind the Fort's garrison flag.

Upcoming Speakers

September 12th- Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site on the "Pan-American Exposition, 1901"

October 17th- Susan Eck on "WNY Women in WWI"
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