Events

Historical Diversions

The Switzerland County Historical Society hosts several "Historical Diversions" each year. These events revolve around our local history as well as specific time periods. For 2019, the events will include the following:

“Coverlets, Quilts & Samplers, Oh My! ~ Textile Show at the Switzerland County Historical Museum – includes local vintage quilts. Exhibit continues with museum collection through May.  Grand Opening with a lovely tea with guest speaker Debra Slone “Gracing Our Lives, Linens and Lace”.

“Hay Days” at the Thiebaud Farmstead - Country living c. 1860. Featuring the hay press barn, a wedding anniversary celebration and trades of the time, heritage gardens and hearth cooking.

All Hallows Eve is a family fun event at the Thiebaud Farmstead that gets bigger and better every year. There are no zombies or ghouls, but folklore , games, the intriguing "Cabinet of Curiosities", the witches return with their dance, and much more.

Experience Christmas festivities during Country Christmas, again at both the Thiebaud Farmstead and Musee de Venoge. The sights, sounds, and smells will delight the youngest to the oldest.

Dates and times are listed below, and at the bottom are links to photos from previous events. Some of our events are free; however, in order for us to continue to bring these to the public for free and to continue to improve the experience, donations are graciously accepted.

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Coverlets, Quilts & Samplers, Oh My! ~ and ~ Gracing Our Lives - Linen & Lace Tea

“Coverlets, Quilts & Samplers, Oh My! ~ Textile Show at the Switzerland County Historical Museum – Saturday, April 27th from 10am to 4pm & Sunday the 28th from noon to 4pm, includes local vintage quilts. Exhibit continues with museum collection through May.  $3

Grand Opening with "Gracing our Lives - Linen and Lace" ~  a lovely tea on April 27th at 1:30 pm with guest speaker Debra Slone “at the Jack Sullivan Center, 305 Walnut Street.  $25

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Hay Days

Saturday, June 1st 10am to 4pm

Sunday, June 2nd noon to 4pm

Visit the Thiebaud Farmstead and experience a haypress demonstration, a wedding anniversary, hearth cooking, heirloom gardens, period music, and period trades, all c. 1860.

$3 or $10/5 people

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All Hallows Eve

Friday and Saturday, October 18th & 19th 6 ~ 9 pm
1800s Halloween at the Thiebaud Farmstead with fun and games for the entire family.
$3/person or $10/5 persons

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Country Christmas

December 14th - 10 am ~ 4 pm

Truly a special day at the Thiebaud Farmstead and Musee de Venoge where Christmases of the past are warmly celebrated.

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from past Chautauqua events

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from past Rural Heritage Tours

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from past All Hallows Eve

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from past Country Christmas events

Hands on Workshops

This year, we are offering a "Back to Basics" course for children ages 8 to 11.  This will be held from June 10 though June 14 at the Thiebaud Farmstead.  Activities will be structured around outdoor skills, etiquette, botanical fun, pottery, and demonstrations.   $45 per child.  Space is limited, so register soon.  Contact the museum for more information. 

Adult classes involving archaeology, bats and bat houses, and herbs are still in the planning stages.  Stay tuned for updated info on these classes.

Contact the museum for more information or to sign up for the workshops.