Chemung County Historical Society

Chemung County Historical Society Offering exhibits, programs, and research to deepen our understanding of the past and appreciation o
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Check out more of our videos on our YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgtNOMd37z3H90n0nMCP_pQ/videos

New to the Collection - Poster for Swing Low, Swing High showing at the Keeney Theatre starting April 10, 1937.
12/06/2023

New to the Collection - Poster for Swing Low, Swing High showing at the Keeney Theatre starting April 10, 1937.

12/06/2023

CCHS director, Bruce Whitmarsh shares his favorite piece in the museum.🦣
What’s your favorite piece at CCHS? Tell us in the comments!

CCHS Shares: Holidays - New Year's Day postcard, ca. 1910.
12/05/2023

CCHS Shares: Holidays - New Year's Day postcard, ca. 1910.

12/05/2023

Step back in time with us! Our curator Monica shares the enchanting sounds of history from the Talitha Botsford Household's Victrola phonograph. Watch the magic unfold as we spin a classic record.

Have you been putting your garden to bed for the winter? Here's a popular repost about Elmira College students helping l...
12/04/2023

Have you been putting your garden to bed for the winter? Here's a popular repost about Elmira College students helping local farmers back in 1918. https://bit.ly/49sjsNL

Ready to unlock secrets? Join our History Forge volunteers this Wednesday, December 6th from 6 - 8 pm at the West Elmira...
12/03/2023

Ready to unlock secrets? Join our History Forge volunteers this Wednesday, December 6th from 6 - 8 pm at the West Elmira Community Center as they unlock local history. Contact coordinator Andrea Renshaw at [email protected] for more details.

🦣 Chemung County Historical Society cordially invites you to this free Out to Lunch event. 🦣Join us for a book signing &...
12/03/2023

🦣 Chemung County Historical Society cordially invites you to this free Out to Lunch event. 🦣

Join us for a book signing & talk with historian and author George R. Farr! Dive into the remarkable journey of Lincoln's Banner Regiment - The 107th New York Volunteer Infantry. This is your chance to explore the profound impact of our local heroes in state and national history.

George R. Farr will bring to life the valiant stories and sacrifices of the 107th, offering a unique perspective on our community's rich history. This event is not just a book signing; it's an opportunity to connect with fellow history enthusiasts and learn more about our shared history.

Books are available at the museum now. You can pick one up in person or order from our online store here: https://chemung-county-historical-society.square.site/product/lincoln-s-banner-regiment/502?cs=true&cst=custom

Chemung County Historical Society is committed to sharing our community's stories in a variety of ways.
Consider engaging with those stories and seeing how they connect to you by becoming a member today! Visit us at www.chemungvalleymuseum.org and click "become a member".

See you there! 👋

12/01/2023

This is the first in a series of videos we created with the scripts from our 2023 Ghost Walk. Thank you to everyone who came out in October, and we look forward to seeing you at our new, exciting event on February 3rd called "Ghosts in the Museum" where we bring history alive. Keep an eye on our social media and our e-newsletter for details to come. Note *We've enhanced this video with some AI-generated imagery and voiceover to bring our vision to life. All AI images are marked in the top right corner.

Did you catch Nicolas Dubina's report on the Iszard's building?, For a look back at past holiday parades, enjoy our onli...
11/30/2023

Did you catch Nicolas Dubina's report on the Iszard's building?, For a look back at past holiday parades, enjoy our online album https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3903020403041854&type=3

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – The former Iszard’s department store in downtown Elmira used to be a favorite holiday shopping destination. Now for the first time since closing its doors in 1988,…

Day 30 of   Today's Prompt: Why Musuems?
11/30/2023

Day 30 of

Today's Prompt: Why Musuems?

CCHS Shares: Voting - Campaign Button for NYS Governor Charles Hughes, 1906
11/30/2023

CCHS Shares: Voting - Campaign Button for NYS Governor Charles Hughes, 1906

Day 29 of   Today's Prompt: ActivityA little paranormal activity. Ouiji board with planchett. C. 1919
11/29/2023

Day 29 of

Today's Prompt: Activity

A little paranormal activity. Ouiji board with planchett. C. 1919

CCHS Shares: New to the Collection - American Bowling Congress 300 Award Trophy awarded to Thomas Gill, 1978
11/29/2023

CCHS Shares: New to the Collection - American Bowling Congress 300 Award Trophy awarded to Thomas Gill, 1978

Day 28 of   Today's Prompt: IconPoster from Ella Fitzgerald at the opening of the Clemens Center, October 22, 1977
11/28/2023

Day 28 of

Today's Prompt: Icon

Poster from Ella Fitzgerald at the opening of the Clemens Center, October 22, 1977

CCHS Shares: Voting - Sample ballot from general election in the Town of Horseheads, November 8, 1966.
11/28/2023

CCHS Shares: Voting - Sample ballot from general election in the Town of Horseheads, November 8, 1966.

🌟 Calling All History Enthusiasts! 🌟We're on the lookout for friendly faces to join our team as Front Desk Volunteers at...
11/27/2023

🌟 Calling All History Enthusiasts! 🌟

We're on the lookout for friendly faces to join our team as Front Desk Volunteers at the Chemung County Historical Society! If you have a passion for history and love engaging with the community, we'd love to have you on board.

📅 When? Wednesday and/or Friday afternoons
⏰ Time? 2 PM to 5 PM

As a volunteer, you'll be the first point of contact for our visitors, helping to create a welcoming and informative experience. Plus, it's a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich history of Chemung County and meet fellow history buffs!

Interested? Email us at [email protected]. We can't wait to welcome you to our team!

Day 27 of   Today's Prompt: WoodlandOil painting of a sheep in the woods enjoying the snow. C. 1919. You can see this pa...
11/27/2023

Day 27 of

Today's Prompt: Woodland

Oil painting of a sheep in the woods enjoying the snow. C. 1919. You can see this painting in person in our fiber arts exhibit.

Did you vote? Read this week's blog about a new location for some voters to cast their ballot https://bit.ly/3SZPP0K    ...
11/27/2023

Did you vote? Read this week's blog about a new location for some voters to cast their ballot https://bit.ly/3SZPP0K

by Susan Zehnder, Education Director At 5 am on November 7, 2023, our executive director arrived at work to unlock the museum’s doors. It wa...

Day 26 of   Today's Prompt: LanguageFive foreign language teachers from the 1952 Edsonian yearbook from Southside Highsc...
11/26/2023

Day 26 of

Today's Prompt: Language

Five foreign language teachers from the 1952 Edsonian yearbook from Southside Highschool in Elmira, NY.

Day 25 of   Today's Prompt: BoldThis is a tent or trapeze dress made of soft paper with a tissue backing and some kind o...
11/25/2023

Day 25 of

Today's Prompt: Bold

This is a tent or trapeze dress made of soft paper with a tissue backing and some kind of coarse mesh sandwiched in between. It has a white ground with large, bold, grass green floral design. C. 2001

Day 24 of   Today's Prompt: AccessoriesSmall Jewel box of shells, on top of cover is red velvet pin cushion. C. 1880
11/24/2023

Day 24 of

Today's Prompt: Accessories

Small Jewel box of shells, on top of cover is red velvet pin cushion. C. 1880

Day 23   Today's Prompt: FilmUnopened package of Inscription Kodak Verichrome Film. C. 1938
11/23/2023

Day 23

Today's Prompt: Film

Unopened package of Inscription Kodak Verichrome Film. C. 1938

CCHS Shares: Voting - Re-Elect Roosevelt Sticker, 1941
11/23/2023

CCHS Shares: Voting - Re-Elect Roosevelt Sticker, 1941

Day 22 of   Today's Prompt: TimeWatch Case - Maroon leather with gold trim. C.1919Has signed picture of actor Johnny Mac...
11/22/2023

Day 22 of

Today's Prompt: Time

Watch Case - Maroon leather with gold trim. C.1919
Has signed picture of actor Johnny Mack Brown inside. Signed, "Yours Truely, John Mack Brown".

If you're needing a smile, consider dropping by the Chemung Valley History Museum today or Saturday to soak up or share ...
11/22/2023

If you're needing a smile, consider dropping by the Chemung Valley History Museum today or Saturday to soak up or share local history. We will be closed Thursday and Friday for staff to be with their families, but open Saturday at 10 am until 5 pm. Our regular hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am - 5 pm. We welcome your visit, and know you'll make us smile!

CCHS Shares: New to the Collection - Communion Tray from South Presbyterian Church
11/22/2023

CCHS Shares: New to the Collection - Communion Tray from South Presbyterian Church

Day 21 of   Today's Prompt: DiscussionThis picture depicts a WWII scrap collection site. In front of the pile of scrap i...
11/21/2023

Day 21 of

Today's Prompt: Discussion

This picture depicts a WWII scrap collection site. In front of the pile of scrap is a group of four teenaged boys on bicycles and an adult woman with her hands on her hips talking to them. C. 1940s

CCHS Shares: Voting - Handbill from the Empire State Campaign Committee of the Woman Suffrage Party during the New York ...
11/21/2023

CCHS Shares: Voting - Handbill from the Empire State Campaign Committee of the Woman Suffrage Party during the New York State referendum on women's suffrage, 1915.

Day 20 of   Today's Prompt: PrideA promotional poster. Baseball: The Pride of Elmira, Celebrating 100 Years of Professio...
11/20/2023

Day 20 of

Today's Prompt: Pride

A promotional poster. Baseball: The Pride of Elmira, Celebrating 100 Years of Professional Baseball. C. 1989

It's November, are you thinking about pie? Here's a fancy pie tool from our collection and check out this blog repost co...
11/20/2023

It's November, are you thinking about pie? Here's a fancy pie tool from our collection and check out this blog repost containing our Educator's favorite crust recipe. https://bit.ly/3S2omuI

Day 19 of   Today's Prompt: Shadows.This is on a transparency slide. It shows Sam Clemens (Mark Twain) half in shadow. C...
11/19/2023

Day 19 of

Today's Prompt: Shadows.

This is on a transparency slide. It shows Sam Clemens (Mark Twain) half in shadow. C. 1905

Day 18 of   Today's Prompt: Last 12 MonthsThis is an item that was donated to the museum within the last 12 months. It i...
11/18/2023

Day 18 of

Today's Prompt: Last 12 Months

This is an item that was donated to the museum within the last 12 months. It is an in memorium photo collage of the deceased members of the class of 1952.

Day 17 of   Today's Prompt: HandsA few men showing off their rings. Origin unknown. Believed to be between 1950 and 1970...
11/17/2023

Day 17 of

Today's Prompt: Hands

A few men showing off their rings. Origin unknown. Believed to be between 1950 and 1970.

We've worked closely with ProAction. Please consider sharing this with members of your community.
11/16/2023

We've worked closely with ProAction. Please consider sharing this with members of your community.

Day 16 of   Today's Prompt: TechnologyUnitrex Mini Handy 80 F solar calculator. Made by Eiko Business Machine Co. Ltd., ...
11/16/2023

Day 16 of

Today's Prompt: Technology

Unitrex Mini Handy 80 F solar calculator. Made by Eiko Business Machine Co. Ltd., Japan. C. 1975

CCHS Shares: Voting - Voting Box from the Baldwin Post No. 6 G.A.R, c. 1870-1900
11/16/2023

CCHS Shares: Voting - Voting Box from the Baldwin Post No. 6 G.A.R, c. 1870-1900

Day 15 of   Today's Prompt: FramePin with an image of an unidentified girl with decorative frame around pin. C.1919
11/15/2023

Day 15 of

Today's Prompt: Frame

Pin with an image of an unidentified girl with decorative frame around pin. C.1919

CCHS Shares - New to the Collection: Todd Bodine Racing Cap, 2001-2002
11/15/2023

CCHS Shares - New to the Collection: Todd Bodine Racing Cap, 2001-2002

Tomorrow is the day! Looking forward to seeing you there!
11/14/2023

Tomorrow is the day! Looking forward to seeing you there!

Address

415 E Water Street
Elmira, NY
14901

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm

Telephone

(607) 734-4167

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