SINCLAIRVILLE — At the recent meeting of the Valley Historical Society held at the Sinclairville Museum, authors Dr. Bob Deming and Dr. Anne Deming were the guest speakers.
The Demings have been summer residents of Bear Lake for 45 years and during that time have collected much of the area’s history. The Demings wrote and published the two books History of Bear Lake and Camp in the Woods on Bear Lake.
The storybook took 10 years of organizing information and interviews, and is the story of a small community along the shores of Bear Lake. There are 141 acres around the lake and 70% is wetland. 82 species of birds and 66 species of plants have been recorded there. The Demings talked about some of the longtime residents and the old hotel. The camp book was written later. The Camp in the Woods book was the story of the YMCA camp that existed for 46 years until 1974. The index of the book contains approximately 500 names as these are the people who were interviewed and helped gather information for the book. A very interesting conference was appreciated by all.
President Larry Barmore opened the meeting by leading everyone in the Lord’s Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Barmore and approved. Treasurer John Sipos presented the society’s financial report.
After the meeting, refreshments were served including two different cakes baked by member Susan W. Sipos and cookies by Gayle McKinney. The next meeting will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Sinclairville Library.
The Valley Historical Society was established in 1977 by the late John and Ruth Smith, Reverend John Rough and Walter Waite. The museum building was purchased a year later and has undergone multiple upgrades since then. For more information about the Valley Historical Society, write to PO Box 1045, Sinclairville, NY 14782. New members are always welcome.