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Tale or Treasure meeting this Wednesday, February 1


All are welcome at the David A. Howe Library starting at 6:30pm

A former society member brought her collection of antique canning jars, which have a great value today, to a Tale or Treasure meeting

By Kathryn Ross, Thelma Rogers Genealogical and Historical Society Vice President

WELLSVILLE – From aluminum to yardsticks the Thelma Rogers Genealogical and Historical Society will be holding its annual Tale or Treasure meeting Wednesday evening. The public is invited.

With Wellsville once the home of the National Aluminum Company and the once popular advertising strategy of printing business names on yardsticks visitors are apt to be entertained by a variety of memorabilia from A to almost Z at this annual event, which usually draws a crowd to the historical society’s February meeting. Visitors are asked to bring items that will challenge the intellect and stump our armchair historians. Some of the items brought in will just bring back memories of Wellsville’s past or are relics from yesteryear. Some are just curiosities, but the entire meeting is an informative step back into the past.

During Covid, the Tale or Treasure meeting was renamed for a long-time club member Larry Browning who had passed away. Browning immensely enjoyed the Tale or Treasure meeting and was always ready to lend a helping hand with setup according to other members. To honor his memory the meeting is now called the Annual Larry Browning Tale or Treasure meeting.

The fun will get started at 6:30 p.m. in the David A. Howe Library on the main floor. The public is invited to attend, at no cost, bring an item or not, get to know the members and the historical society and become acquainted with Wellsville’s glorious past. The Thelma Rogers Genealogical and Historical Society meets for a business meeting every other month starting in February and hosts historical programs in the off months. Upcoming programs include the 100-year history of Lungstrom in Wellsville, the development of the airport and a look at the Eldred World War II Museum. Look on Facebook, or right here on The Sun for updates.

The society operates the Nathaniel Dike Museum on Dyke Street which is open on Wednesdays from May 1st to October 31st and by appointment the rest of the year. It has the largest collection of genealogical material relating to Wellsville and a vast collection of memorabilia from Wellsville’s past. Get to know yourself, your family and Wellsville by visiting the museum. We don’t mind opening the door for your enlightenment.  

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