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HAL to learn more about Joseph Ellicott


Thu, Mar 14th 2024 01:35 pm

The Historical Association of Lewiston’s March program is titled “Joseph Ellicott.” This presentation will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah Fellowship Hall, 915 Oneida St.

HAL stated, “Joseph Ellicott and the Holland Land Company are names that are interwoven in local history, with Ellicott’s name found in all of the corners of WNY. Most of us are acquainted with places with the Ellicott name: Ellicottville, Ellicott Creek, the Town of Ellicott, the Ellicott Building, various Ellicott Roads, etc. However, there is so much more to learn about this man who was a key figure surveying and selling land in Western New York in the late 1700s and early 1800s.

“Additionally, for many, his name is synonymous with the Holland Land Company and the development of the western end of New York.

“Dennis Upton will take you back to 1824 as he brings Joseph Ellicott to life in this portrayal.”

 Upton is a retired teacher who has had stage experience in various performing venues. A few years ago, he was asked to put together a presentation to portray Ellicott. That has developed into a first-person historical portrayal.

This presentation will be told first-person to the listeners using maps and artifacts “as though it takes place in 1824 during Ellicott’s final hours spent in Western New York before he was sent down the Erie Canal, which Ellicott was instrumental in bringing through Western New York, to an institution in New York City.”

This community event is free and open to all, but donations are greatly appreciated to help support the Lewiston museum.

Refreshments will be served.

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