Ellen Paquette Shares Warren’s Story at Audubon’s First Friday Event | News, Sports, Jobs


In 1875, this suspension bridge crossed the Allegheny River in Warren, Pennsylvania. Ellen Paquette, a seventh-generation resident of Warren, Pennsylvania, will share her town’s history and the importance of the river during the Audubon Community Nature Center’s First Friday on March 4.

Rivers were once the highways that connected cities.

Warren was settled, in part, because it is where Conewango Creek joins the Allegheny River.

On March 4, 2022, at 11 a.m., artist and historian Ellen Paquette will speak about Warren’s story at the Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) First Friday.

Paquette will focus on how its location on the Allegheny River affected Warren’s development.

In Warren’s early days, giant wooden rafts as long as a football field arrived in town each spring en route south. A mill turned the southern part of town into an island full of factories that used water power. Flat boats carried goods around town.

As a seventh-generation Warren resident and daughter of well-known local historians Chase and Mary Putnam, Paquette has access to vintage photos and journals dating back to the town’s earliest days. She’ll tell stories about the buildings and bridges that made up Warren as she grew and answer important questions – like, how to stop a giant log raft floating down a river when you want to stop in town ?

For the first Friday, chairs are set up in a socially distanced manner. Participants who come together can sit together. Face coverings are mandatory.

The fee is $6 for Center de la nature members and $8 for non-members.

Reservations are requested before Thursday, March 3. They can be made by calling 716-569-2345 or by going to AudubonCNC.org and clicking on “Enroll in a program.” Walk-ins are welcome if there is space.

The Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, a quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. From dawn to dusk, you can hike, snowshoe and cross-country ski the six miles of trails, see Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable bald eagle, and enjoy the playground. natural outdoor games, all for free.

The Nature Center’s three-story building houses interactive exhibits, a collection of live animals including the Hellbender Exhibit, 2021 Nature Photography Contest winners, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop. Visitors are welcome Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nature Center members and SNAP/EBT cardholders enjoy admission free at the building every day. Admission to the building is also free every Sunday for non-members of the Nature Center.

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call 716-569-2345, find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook, or visit AudubonCNC.org. All visitors, volunteers and staff are required to wear face coverings inside the building. Updates to the COVID policy are available in the COVID-19 Notice on this webpage.



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Joseph K. Bennett