Saturday, January 19, 2008

HLOM Lecture Series: The Genesee Country’s Greatest Story

In 1826, the Genesee Country experienced an event unprecedented in its history. To this day people still talk about the kidnapping and presumed murder of Capt. William Morgan.

Morgan threatened to expose the secrets of the Masonic fraternity. He was arrested, and after his bail was posted, he disappeared forever.

This podcast tells William Morgan’s story.

Listen to it here

This is the first in a series of lectures given and recorded by Museum Director, Patrick Weissend. Weissend presented the PowerPoint presentation to the Lions Club of Kendall, New York on January 17th, 2008.

The Holland Land Office Museum is a county history museum located in Batavia, NY. For more information visit

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Great Survey of Western New York

In 1797, the Holland Land Company, a group of six Dutch banks, hired Joseph Ellicott to survey their purchase of 3.3 million acres of wild land west of the Genesee River in New York State. This podcast is a brief history of the survey.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

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Saturday, January 5, 2008

The Alien Land Act of 1798

In 1798, the State of New York passed a law allowing foreigners to purchase and own land in the state. The Holland Land Company was instrumental in lobbying to get this legislation passed. Listen to a quick version of how it was passed.

Listen to it here