The Bolivar, Richburg, Allentown, Genesee Historical Society (known as BRAG) was formed April 15, 1995. We have been collecting local history, photographs, family genealogies, research books, cemetery records, birth-death-marriage records for almost 14 years and we have one of the largest collections of research material in the county. Our archives are made available to the public and are housed in the Bolivar Free Library in the basement. We encourage you to use these resources and we invite you to donate to BRAG anything of historical significance about Allegany County or It's People.

Location of B.R.A.G.

Location of B.R.A.G.
390 Main St Bolivar, N.Y.

Belfast Quilt Show April 17th

There will be a Spring Quilt Show at the Belfast Central School in the auditorium on April 17th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2.00. There will be prizes and quilting demonstrations and a light luncheon and baked goods will be available. There will be a special drawing for a quilt made by the BCS 6th grade students. All proceeds will go towards a new chimney for the Belfast Public Library.
For more information you may contact: Tami at 716-512-8558 Jacquie at 585-808-4364 or Ashley at 716-498-0510

B.R.A.G. working towards getting a museum

The Bolivar B.R.A.G. Historical Society has taken on another new project. We have been given the use of the Ceres School House on Rt. 417 which we plan to make into a museum and a community meeting hall for the B.R.A.G. area. Our group has been meeting on Saturdays to tear down the suspended ceiling that was half falling down, anyway. We got that job done. Then scaffolding was brought in and the old beaver board that was next to the tin ceiling was removed. This Saturday we hope to remove two very old handicap ramps, locate our water supply and haul some of our debris away. We also have to mark our property lines so that we can have a new septic system put in. Bryan Perrin has volunteered to be our "Project Manager" and has done a great job of setting up our work schedule. Every week we have new people contact us who want to put their name on the volunteer list! We have received several checks from others who would like to be involved and who want to show their support of the project by helping us with the funding. It is great to see the people of the communities taking an interest in our plans and being excited about saving the old country school.

1881 Silsby pumper demo

HPRAC met at the Friendship firehall August 27, 2009 with Mark Voorheis as our host. After refreshments we went to the Baptist church parking lot and watched a great demonstration of the Silsby put on by Tom Cannon and his crew.

Greater Allegany Preservation cleans up Belfast Canal Warehouse

Here are Ed Eicher, Phil Curcio, and Paul Curcio before we got started cutting and mowing, just a few days before HPRAC came for their tour of the warehouse.

Here's Doug Clarke, after we'd finished.

HPRAC Formed in 2006

The History Preservation Roundtable of Allegany County (HPRAC)was formed September 21, 2006 when Rose Feenaughty and Jean Milliman who work in B.R.A.G. in Bolivar, contacted people who were interested in local history and invited them to an informal meeting held in the BRAG Room at the Bolivar Library. HPRAC was formed to bring support and unity to the historians. We meet the 4th Thursday of each month at a different museum or historical room and every meeting is like going to a classroom. New ideas are continually tossed about the room and we all leave with our minds churning, anxious to put these new ideas into action in our own historical groups. Anyone who has an interest in Allegany County History is encouraged to attend these meetings.