Bartoo Grant Helps Richburg-Wirt Historical Society

richburg-wirt-museum     Richburg, NY – Denis Dahlgren, Executive Director of the Allegany County Area Foundation, recently presented a check for $4,172.90 to the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society. This money is from the earnings of the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society Endowment Fund which is held and managed by the Allegany County Area Foundation. This fund was created by the estate of Beatrice S. Bartoo. It was the vision, tireless efforts and financial support of Francis and Beatrice S. Bartoo that made the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society and Museum a reality back in 2001. The earnings from this endowment fund will benefit this organization for many years to come. Melanie Johnston, President, said, “Part of this money will be used to help improve the indoor lighting in our museum.”

Beatrice Bartoo was born in Olean in 1919, and graduated from the Richburg Central School. She graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a degree in library science and a master’s degree in education. She went on to become a school librarian for Bolivar until her retirement in 1976.

Beatrice also served as the Town of Wirt historian, and she and her husband Francis founded the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society. Beatrice died in 2009, and in her will she left a very generous donation to create an endowment fund to benefit the Richburg Historical Society. Each year now the Richburg-Wirt Historical Society receives a check to help support their mission.

The Richburg-Wirt Historical Society Museum is located at 243 Main Street (the former Seventh Day Baptist Church) in Richburg, NY. It is open to the public: March through November on Wednesdays from10:00am to 2:00pm or by appointment. It is closed December through February. For more information about the museum please call 585-928-9478 or 585-610-6235. The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 8 richburg-wirt-historical-society-2016million dollars. The endowed funds continue to grow in perpetuity to enrich and improve the lives of Allegany County people. If you would like more information on how you can provided a legacy of hope and good will in our community, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or visit their web site at:

In the attached picture (L to R): Melanie Johnston, Tricia Grover, Betty Webb, Richard Baker, Roberta Baker, Nancy Johnson, and Denis Dahlgren, ACAF Executive Director.