The Lawson Center Lectures: Spear Fishing and Fish Decoys

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Date(s) - 08/31/2022
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Lawson Center


Early Chautauqua settlers came to the area because of vast forests and cheap land.  To supplement their incomes, they turned to spearing fish.   From 1835 until 1905 legal spearing brought in thousands of dollars. Anti-spearing laws made the implements of the trade, especially the wooden fish decoys, obsolete. Today, those historical remnants of folk art are highly valued by collectors who pay tens of thousands of dollars for these locally made works of art. Bring your old fish decoy or spear to find out if it is valuable and where and how you might sell it.

Date: August 31, 2022

Time: Mix and Mingle at 6:30  Lecture at 7:00 PM

Speaker: Ned Ward – Local Historian

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