Holland Land Office Museum

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

(585) 343-4727


Museum, Gift Shop and
Book Store Hours:

Sunday - Monday

Tuesday - Saturday
10am - 4pm

$1 Child
$3 Student/Veteran/Senior
$5 Adult
$10 Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)
Members Free

Executive Director:
Ryan Duffy

Museum Marketing Coordinator
Jodi Fisher

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At Home Exhibits- David Reilly- George Nussbaumer


At Home Exhibits submitted by the community:

David Reilly -


Great-Grandfather George Nussbaumer

In 1856 my great grandfather, George Nussbaumer, emigrated to the
United States. Previously he had been a baker in Germany.
The following 3 photos show a passbook he needed to have stamped by the police when he traveled from city to city. What the book was called and a description of him are listed in the 3rd photo. Be thankful they don’t put all that information on your driver’s license!

The next 3 photos are of letters George received from his family in Germany in 1863, 1881, and finally in 1894. He died in Mendon, NY in 1908. It was very difficult to get these letters translated to English because they are in a script which has not been used in Germany in many years. I ended up having to pay an elderly woman in Germany ( in Euros)to translate them.

The final photo is of a letter that was sent to my great grandmother, Bridget O’Reilly, from her brother in 1872. At first I thought it was sent from Ireland, but was actually mailed from Australia. Many Irish emigrated there just like others did to America. A funny part of the letter is that twice he says he, “Needs to hunt up an old woman”and wonders if his sister knows any. By this he meant in his crude way that he needed a wife. America was a melting pot for sure.

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