4-26-13 Group Camp No 5  - Image 1By Bob Schmid

The Allegany State Park Historical Society (ASPHS) just wrapped up another exciting monthly meeting last Saturday, April 20. The presenter was Tom Livak, manager of the Quaker Area of Allegany State Park, who gave an on-site tour of the brand new reconstructed Group Camp #5 located on ASP 3, on the Quaker side of the Park.

Livak was kind enough to open the doors and give our ASPHS group of approximately 60 people a tour of the newly built, beautiful cabins and state-of-the-art shower and wash facilities. This newly reconstructed group camp has not opened yet as finishing touches are still being applied. It will be officially open for the people that have made reservations starting in May.

Our historical society was first organized and incorporated as a non-profit organization, back in October 1995. Our mission is to promote interest in and preservation of the history of Allegany State Park and recognition of its relationship to and role in the heritage of New York State and Western New York by engaging in such activities but not limited to the discovery, collection, and display of the significant materials that illustrate or demonstrate Allegany’s heritage; cooperation with other agencies with similar goals; dissemination of historical information through programs, demonstrations, etc.; and marking historical sites, trails, etc., and encouraging such activities by appropriate entities.

We are an organization of 300 like-minded members who love Allegany State Park’s past, present and future. We meet the third Saturday of every month at the Red House Administration Building in the winter months and at St. John’s Chapel in the Woods on ASP 3 on the Quaker side in the spring, summer and fall months. Some meeting times and locations change due to the program.

At our next ASPHS meeting in May, Richard Freer from Olean will give a talk on the history of Boy Scouts at Allegany State Park. This meeting will be held on Saturday, May 18 at 1 p.m. at the Chapel/Church that sits approximately 300 yards from the Red House Exit 19, of the Southern Tier Expressway (I-86).

Anyone interested in joining the group is welcome to call Bob Schmid, director of ASPHS, at (716) 400-1834.

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