Kanestio Historical Society

Kanestio Historical Society Kanestio Historical Society, Canisteo, Steuben County, New York Spelled with a "K" - Vowels in alphabetic order -- it's the Indian spelling
Historical Society and Museum

07/08/2019

Please join us for our Summer Picnic, hosted by Co-President Larry Stephens, on Tuesday, July 16. Larry says he will provide BBQ chicken and pulled pork. Please bring your place setting, beverage and a dish to pass. There will be chairs, but you are welcome to bring your favorite lawn chair if you like. Starts at 6PM. Larry's address is 5296 State Route 248 in Canisteo.

In honor of Independence Day - Canisteo was founded by many Revolutionary War Patriots.  One of them is Jeremiah Baker. ...
07/04/2019

In honor of Independence Day - Canisteo was founded by many Revolutionary War Patriots. One of them is Jeremiah Baker. Jeremiah served in the Connecticut Militia as a private. While he was serving, his pregnant wife, Anne Stephens Baker, and their two young children were part of the Wyoming Valley Massacre (1778). Their buildings and farm were burned. Anne was struck blind by fear, so her captives were kind to her (they didn't kill her). She and the children were eventually released with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Jeremiah wrote to the Continental Congress asking to be allowed to leave his duties and go to his wife.
Jeremiah and Anne eventually made their way to Canisteo and were among the first to purchase land and settle in the Canisteo Valley. Their home still stands today at the foot of Baker's Gulch Road.
If you'd like to learn more about our Patriot Founders, stop on down to KHS!

MYSTERY MONDAY! At KHS we have a box of unidentified photos. Do you know who these children are?
07/01/2019

MYSTERY MONDAY! At KHS we have a box of unidentified photos. Do you know who these children are?

Wow!
07/01/2019

Wow!

Here is the first of our three new Steuben County Hall of Fame inductees, Richard Call. In 1938, at the age of 16, he bought the old Hartsville schoolhouse, district number 7. He graduated from Canisteo Central School in 1941and received an F.A. Degree with high honors from Cornell University. In 1944 Richard entered the Army, and served his country in both WWII and Korea, receiving five battle stars. Following his military service, he worked twenty years at the Veterans Administration in Bath and Canandaigua.

Richard is also a past President of the New York State Historical Society and was the historian for the town of Hartsville. Richard’s lifelong collection helped form the foundation of “The Call Homestead Museum”. His appreciation of local history and his service to our country, along with his career at the Veteran Administration of Bath, supports the honorable legacy he leaves to the people of Steuben County.

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY! Do you know what this artifact was used for? Where would one find it? Who used it? Come check out ...
06/26/2019

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY! Do you know what this artifact was used for? Where would one find it? Who used it? Come check out this and other interesting artifacts at our museum!

MYSTERY MONDAY! At KHS we have a box of unidentified photos. We are hoping someone out there can help us! Do you recogni...
06/24/2019

MYSTERY MONDAY! At KHS we have a box of unidentified photos. We are hoping someone out there can help us! Do you recognize this dapper young man?

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY! Do you know what this long ago item is? What was it used for? What do we use now instead?
06/19/2019

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY! Do you know what this long ago item is? What was it used for? What do we use now instead?

MYSTERY MONDAY! At KHS we have a box of unidentified photos. Can you help? Who is this sweet baby?
06/17/2019

MYSTERY MONDAY! At KHS we have a box of unidentified photos. Can you help? Who is this sweet baby?

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY! Do you know what this item is? What was it used for ? What to people use today? Come check out all...
06/12/2019

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY! Do you know what this item is? What was it used for ? What to people use today? Come check out all of our great displays!

MYSTERY MONDAY! At KHS we have a box of unidentified photos- we hope someone out there can help! Do you recognize these ...
06/10/2019

MYSTERY MONDAY! At KHS we have a box of unidentified photos- we hope someone out there can help! Do you recognize these cute boys?

06/06/2019

Stop in and see us during Crazee Daze! We’ll be open.

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY? Do you know what this item is? Who would have used it? What was it used for? We have many great ar...
06/05/2019

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY? Do you know what this item is? Who would have used it? What was it used for? We have many great artifacts like this at our KHS museum - come see is!

MYSTERY MONDAY! We have a box of unidentified photos at KHS. We hope someone out there can help us identify this lovely ...
06/03/2019

MYSTERY MONDAY! We have a box of unidentified photos at KHS. We hope someone out there can help us identify this lovely lady in her lace dress.

Anyone remember shopping at Canisteo Appliance? Tell us about it!
06/02/2019

Anyone remember shopping at Canisteo Appliance? Tell us about it!

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY! Do you recognize this item? What is it?Where might it have been found in town?
05/29/2019

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY! Do you recognize this item? What is it?Where might it have been found in town?

Decoration Day, 30 May 1922. Do you know any of these people?
05/27/2019

Decoration Day, 30 May 1922. Do you know any of these people?

A report in the 2 June 1927, Canisteo Times about Decoration Day.
05/24/2019

A report in the 2 June 1927, Canisteo Times about Decoration Day.

We will have to investigate to answer these questions! Thank you Steuben County Historical Society.
05/23/2019

We will have to investigate to answer these questions! Thank you Steuben County Historical Society.

For many years, a bandstand has graced the green in Canisteo. That's still the case today, although it's a different structure. We'd be happy to see any pictures of today's version, and we'd also be happy to know something about the stone structure in the foreground. Is it a water fountain, by any chance? If so is it a temperance fountain?

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY! Do you know what this item is? What was it used for? Is there a modern equivalent?  This and many ...
05/22/2019

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY! Do you know what this item is? What was it used for? Is there a modern equivalent? This and many more interesting items from Canisteo’s past can be seen at our museum - come visit us!

Flashback Friday... Check out this article from the Hornell Tribune, from the summer of 1950. It takes a lot of work to ...
05/17/2019

Flashback Friday... Check out this article from the Hornell Tribune, from the summer of 1950. It takes a lot of work to keep our beautiful school building going - even 69 years ago.

MYSTERY MONDAY! At KHS we have a box filled with unidentified photos.  Can you help us figure out who this couple is?
05/13/2019

MYSTERY MONDAY! At KHS we have a box filled with unidentified photos. Can you help us figure out who this couple is?

Some Hadley and Hallett history posted by the Middletown Historical Society.
05/08/2019

Some Hadley and Hallett history posted by the Middletown Historical Society.

Rathbone, NY ~ 1. James Hadley, One of the 1st Settlers. From the Canisteo Times, May 23, 1929, "Historical Sketches of the Kanisteo Valley" by William M. Stuart. See article.
2. RATHBONE TIME LINE from the Town of Rathbone website:
The following Time-Line was put together by Ray Lawson as part of the work of the Comprehensive Planning Committee.
1700's
Earliest settlers recorded finding clearings in the dense forests along the Canisteo River where Indians had previously cleared patches of forest and planted corn. First American settlements 1793 and 1795 by James Hadley and William Benham.

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY! This one we aren't sure about - anyone know what this tool is? What was it used for?
05/08/2019

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY! This one we aren't sure about - anyone know what this tool is? What was it used for?

MYSTERY MONDAY! We have a box of unidentified photos here at KHS and we hope somebody might be able to help us! Do you r...
05/06/2019

MYSTERY MONDAY! We have a box of unidentified photos here at KHS and we hope somebody might be able to help us! Do you recognize these children? Any ideas on the time period from their clothing? Post any ideas below!

MYSTERY MONDAY! We have a large box of donated photos at the Historical Society that are unidentified.  We are hoping so...
04/29/2019

MYSTERY MONDAY! We have a large box of donated photos at the Historical Society that are unidentified. We are hoping someone out there can help us! Please post in the comments if you have any ideas about who these folks are.

MYSTERY MONDAY! We have a large box of donated photos at the Historical Society that are unidentified.  We are hoping so...
04/22/2019

MYSTERY MONDAY! We have a large box of donated photos at the Historical Society that are unidentified. We are hoping someone out there can help us! Please post in the comments if you have any ideas about who this sweet little baby is.

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY! What do you think this is? Give us some details! What was it used for? What do we use now instead?...
04/17/2019

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY! What do you think this is? Give us some details! What was it used for? What do we use now instead? Bonus points if you know where in Canisteo this came from!

MYSTERY MONDAY! We have a large box of donated photos at the Historical Society that are unidentified.  We are hoping so...
04/15/2019

MYSTERY MONDAY! We have a large box of donated photos at the Historical Society that are unidentified. We are hoping someone out there can help us! Please post in the comments if you have any ideas about who this dapper young man is.

Blast from the Past.. Check out this front page from the Canisteo Times dated 17 March 1955.  This picture is of the "ne...
04/12/2019

Blast from the Past.. Check out this front page from the Canisteo Times dated 17 March 1955. This picture is of the "new" Troop 14 of the Canisteo Boy Scouts. The page includes a write up of the dedication of Somers Hall, the founding of the Future Teacher Club and even notes from a board meeting where they are considering the addition of an elementary school.
Check out the full page at: http://fultonhistory.com/Newspapers%2023/Canisteo%20NY%20Times/Canisteo%20NY%20Times%201955/Cohocton%20NY%20Times%20Index%201920-1922%20-%200830%20-%200538.pdf

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY! Can you tell us what this item from the past is? What was it used for and what (if any) modern equ...
04/10/2019

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY! Can you tell us what this item from the past is? What was it used for and what (if any) modern equivalent is there? (Ok, this one is easy for any of us born before 1975). If you grew up in Canisteo, you likely spent some time with this object.

MYSTERY MONDAY! We have a large box of donated photos at the Historical Society that are unidentified.  We are hoping so...
04/08/2019

MYSTERY MONDAY! We have a large box of donated photos at the Historical Society that are unidentified. We are hoping someone out there can help us! Please post in the comments if you have any ideas about who this lovely lady is.

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY! Can you tell us what this item from the past is? What was it used for and what (if any) modern equ...
04/03/2019

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY! Can you tell us what this item from the past is? What was it used for and what (if any) modern equivalent is there?

ANSWER to last week's WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY... The item shown was a bobbin from the Canisteo Silk Mill.
04/03/2019

ANSWER to last week's WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY... The item shown was a bobbin from the Canisteo Silk Mill
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Teacher Tuesday... The High School Faculty of the 1954-55 School Year.  Do you remember any of these teachers? Please sh...
04/02/2019

Teacher Tuesday... The High School Faculty of the 1954-55 School Year. Do you remember any of these teachers? Please share any good memories with us below in the comments. Negative comments will be deleted.

MYSTERY MONDAY! We have a large box of donated photos at the Historical Society that are unidentified.  We are hoping so...
04/01/2019

MYSTERY MONDAY! We have a large box of donated photos at the Historical Society that are unidentified. We are hoping someone out there can help us! Please post in the comments if you have any ideas about who this couple is.

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY! Can you tell us what this item is? What it was used for and what its connection to Canisteo is?
03/27/2019

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY! Can you tell us what this item is? What it was used for and what its connection to Canisteo is?

MYSTERY MONDAY! We have a large box of donated photos at the Historical Society that are unidentified.  We are hoping so...
03/25/2019

MYSTERY MONDAY! We have a large box of donated photos at the Historical Society that are unidentified. We are hoping someone out there can help us! Please post in the comments if you have any ideas about who this lovely lady is.

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY! Can you tell us what this item is? What was it used for? What time period is it from? What do we u...
03/20/2019

WHAT IS IT WEDNESDAY! Can you tell us what this item is? What was it used for? What time period is it from? What do we use now instead of this item?

03/20/2019

Lots of memories and laughs last night at our monthly meeting. Folks who grew up in Canisteo During the 1950s shared their memories of the town from that time- from businesses, to local hangouts, even the locations of the "Lover's Lanes"! 😉 We are planning to host an afternoon event to invite more community members to come in and help us collect those memories for future Canisteans. More info to come! We hope that if you grew up here in the 1950s you'll consider joining us.

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23 Main St PO Box 35
Canisteo, NY
14823

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Historical Society and Museum

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Wednesday 13:00 - 15:30
Thursday 13:00 - 15:30
Friday 13:00 - 15:30

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(607) 698-2086

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