LAKEWOOD - State Sen. Catharine M. Young, R-Olean, was on hand for the Lakewood Historic Museum's dedication of a memorial plaque commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Packard estate mansion being built in Lakewood.
The memorial stone and plaque was placed at the entrance of the museum, housed in the lower level of the Lakewood Village Hall.
Sen. Young read a proclamation honoring the Packard family's influence on the community. She also presented a certificate of appreciation to Anthony Barone, Lakewood historian and museum director.
State Sen. Catharine M. Young, R-Olean, was present to read a proclamation honoring the Packard family’s influence in Lakewood’s history. Anthony Barone, town historian and museum director, received a certificate of appreciation from the senator.
State Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Chautauqua County, presented a certificate of appreciation to the museum from the state Assembly. Lakewood Mayor David Wordelman thanked Sen. Young for attending and thanked Barone and his committee for their efforts.
"I am proud of our committee here at the museum, progressing this long overdue recognition of the Packards in our village heritage," Barone said. "We also are thankful for the privilege of having our state senator of the 149th District here and appreciative of the proclamation she presented us from the state of New York."
Barone gave credit to Tom Pilling, Lakewood public works supervisor, and his crew for installing the museum's historical markers.
Barone said the historic museum also sponsored a large circa plaque at the Packard Estate mansion's east entry fence on Terrace Avenue honoring the centennial anniversary.
The museum, located in the lower level of the Lakewood Village Hall, contains four rooms of historical artifacts, photos and memorabilia from Lakewood's past. Barone said the museum holds assorted items from the Packard family, including new additions from the Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio. The artifacts were donated by Dan Mathey, historian and docent at the Packard Museum, who was on hand for the dedication festivities.
The Lakewood Historic Museum, 20 W. Summit Ave., Lakewood, is open 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, or by appointment by calling 763-9537. Admission is free.