To preserve the boating history and the physical presence of the Lawson family on Chautauqua Lake. To educate and enrich people's lives through this reflection of the past, and to reach out to children and adults of all ages by providing historic and educational boating exhibits and photographs, hands-on displays, and classes with workshops teaching the traditions and skills of the past with respect to wooden boat-building. In addition the Lawson Center provides a community focal point for events that showcase the area's rich history.