2020 started out as a busy year. The theme for our winter dance was "The Sock Hop" We rented out the school gym and had a live band on stage. It turned out to be a really fun evening by all who attended. Chairperson: Lynn Schmitz
Gold Star Mother committee raised enough funds to order the flag markers in time for Memorial Day. Donations continue to come in for the Memorial Marker. Chairperson: Marilyn Makruski
We decided to focus on school menus for our calendar for 2021. We also honored our faithful cooks throughout the years with photos along with their beloved recipes. Chairperson: Louise Anthony
As the year progressed, we had the unfortunate experience of being victims of Covid 19. It had much influence on our meetings and annual car show. Because of the hardship that the world was experiencing we decided to try to give back to the community. We would only charge the cost of the calendars and the business ads would be listed in the calendars at no charge.
The car show was also affected; it would be a drive through only to get a picture of the car and to hand out a dash plaque. No entry fee was charged. Precautions with masks and gloves were used, it was a beautiful warm day and more cars than expected came through. Chairperson: Larry Jones
During the Summer and early Fall months the Society held their meetings at the South Amherst Park Pavilion to enable social distancing. Much discussion in regards to upcoming events were discussed. Unfortunately, due to the uncertainty of Covid 19, upcoming plans have been placed on hold. The Gold Star Mother project was successful with the markers being ordered and placed at the gravesite for Memorial Day and due to the generosity of others, we have enough money to order the Gold Star Mother Memorial Stone, which will be dedicated next year. Ideas for the 2021 calendar have been tossed around, along with the Society wanting to take on their next project. The South Amherst Historical Society in conjunction with the South Amherst Village Cemetery Board will share our next project, which will be the restoration of Pioneer Cemetery. Pioneer Cemetery is in desperate need of TLC. The Village Cemetery Board has started the project by hiring a local landscape company to clear the overgrowth to establish the cemetery boundaries More information will be forthcoming.
The Landscaping Company cleared the brush throughout the back of the cemetery. What a difference. As you can see in the pictures, more burial sites were found. Great Job!
The Society will be hosting a 50/50 raffle in January. It will be a virtual raffle, and the proceeds will be used toward the restoration of Pioneer Cemetery. More info to follow.
The South Amherst Historical Society would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year!!!!!