Category Archives: Programs

150 years along the Millrace – Millrace Reflections

Thursday, July 12, 7:00pm – 9:00 pm
Art House, 211 S Main Street, 2nd Floor, Goshen.

The history of the Goshen Millrace is in many ways a history of our town. For 150 years, this ‘hydraulic canal’ has been central to industry, development, and quality of place initiatives. The passing waters have accumulated countless stories among residents, visitors, and the employees who manage and maintain it. This Wide Angle event will convene a panel of individuals with extensive knowledge and experience of the Millrace and invite them to share stories and weave together information, from anecdotes to historic events. The event will be recorded to harvest these stories and help set the table for additional anniversary highlights in the months ahead.

This event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome and the proceeds will go towards future events.

Blosser’s Island and early parks along the Millrace

Program by Karen McDonald and crew

Jennings Auditorium at the Greencroft Community Center
7:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018.

Cost: Free

What was Blosser’s Park? Where was it located? Who owned the land? Who operated the park and when? Was it always an island in the river? Who owns it now and what is its future?

These are just a few of the questions that Karen McDonald will try to answer as she presents what is known about the mysterious island that sits in the reservoir of the Goshen dam.

Also included in the program will be some history about some of the early parks and recreational facilities that were located along the millrace.

Where could you swim? Did Goshen have an Island Park?
What is a Tonawanda anyway?

May First Friday and River Bend Film Festival

The Goshen Historical Society will be participating in the River Bend Film Festival and First Friday activities on May 4th and 5th.

On May 4th our schedule will be as follows:

12:30 to 2:00 pm — Screening of the 1940 movie “We’re In the Movies”. This 90-minute film made by the Lions Club of Goshen highlights the City of Goshen. The people, the manufacturing, the restaurants, the cars and service stations and much more.

5:30-6:00 pm –As part of the Taste of the Festival event, Patrick Valenti, Director of the short film “Head Wound” will be at the museum to answer questions about his film that will be screened at the Art House at 10:00 pm on the 3rd.

6:00-8:00 pm — Dale Garber and Rod Pletcher will preside over the “Show and Tell Round Table”. Residents are invited to share artifacts and other memorabilia about Goshen’s history.

On May 5th from 12:00 to 1:30 pm there will be another showing of the film “We’re in the Movies”.

The Swartz Family

Goshen’s Sport Scene Through Three Generations.

Thursday, February 8th, 7:00 PM
Jennings Auditorium
Greencroft Community Center


During this free program Stu will weave his family’s history into the wide variety of Goshen’s sports and recreation.