Our founder, Dave Lawson, passed away on November 27, 2022.
He touched so many lives around Chautauqua Lake for all of his 89 years and has left behind a beautiful legacy – The Lawson Center. The Lawson Center will hold a celebration of life event on Sunday, May 28th, 2023, from 2-4pm. All are invited.

Below is a link to Dave’s obituary – He lived a long life and lived it to the full. Rest in Peace. Click here to read the obituary

We had a wonderful turnout for Marla Connelly's lecture on the history and future of Long Point.

Created by a glacier, Long Point has been a prominent feature of our lake forever. Marla entertained a crowd with stories about the people who owned the land on and around the point, how it became a New York State park, and what the plans are for improving the park for all of us to enjoy.

The first TLC garage sale was a huge success and a lot of fun and raised some money for new programs and exhibits.  People found treasure that they just couldn’t resist.   We’re going to do it again next year!

In case you missed it, our own Craig Butler was interviewed by WGRZ and gave them a video tour of our beautiful museum.  Click here to view the program.


Come see the very, very rare 1955 Chris-Craft Cobra. This boat has been on Lake Chautauqua for years and is graciously loaned to us for everyone to enjoy.

See & hear more in-depth information about each exhibit by using your smart phone to access QR codes.

Come see our Interactive Kiosks.  Easy-to-use touch screens let you explore information about our lake area.