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Clay Historical Association


The Clay Historical Association (CHA) held their introductory meeting on April 10, 1974 at Clay Town Hall through the efforts of Tim Gulmac and Patricia Urquhart of the Human Resources Department. In September they elected their first slate of officers: Freda Lewis – President (of interest is that her daughter is now our president); Huldah Standard – Vice-President; Cora Melvin – Secretary and Judge Floyd Linn – Treasurer. Over the years they received grants to create a photo library, tape interviews of older members and to buy materials to preserve these archives. Most recently, the Town of Clay through the CHA was given 2.8 acres of land west of the railroad tracks in the hamlet of Clay to be called The Clay Historic Park. It is the CHA’s responsibility to be the caretakers. Situated in the Park is the Clay railroad station that was formerly on the east side of the tracks and refurbished by the group – this houses many artifacts of Clay’s past; the old Sellens-Weller barn that was moved from the south side of Route 31 and refurbished by the Highway Department – this contains many farming and transportation artifacts; a replica of the old Hamlin log originally on Henry Clay Blvd. – this is furnished in period items; and a Welcome Center erected with funds from a grant – this houses photos, a kitchen, rest rooms and a meeting room. CHA holds many activities here such as: the annual History Camp, tours for any groups interested in local history, is a center for cub scout and boy scout activities and community groups. The Center is open several times a year and for special activities, events and tours. Contact may be made with officers of the group who will make arrangements with the Clay Parks Department. Officers for 2016: President Ruth Koch 315-652-8441 Vice President Cheryl Parsons 315-708-9997 Secretary Karen Michaels 315-652-5849 Treasurer Mary Benscoter 315-652-1482 Public Relations Cindy Redhead 315-935-4365 Town of Clay Historian Dorothy Heller 315-727-7665 Trustees for 2016: Dorothy Heller, Lyle Young, Al Heller, Carl Lepinske, Carol Bell, Joyce Bressette and Cindy Redhead. With the responsibility of preserving the past for the future, CHA is always looking for new members. Meetings are on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at their old District #5 School House – 8561 Van Hoesen Road, Clay New York. Programs of historical interest are presented to members and guests. Membership dues are $5.00 per person each year. For more information, visit CHA website – Contact page; contact the Facebook page at {}; mail to Clay Historical Association, PO Box 302, Clay NY 13041-0302; or email President at {}