Hinsdale Historical Society

Hinsdale Historical Society The Hinsdale Historical Society Museum is located in the heart of Hinsdale, New York.

The Museum is open every second Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00 PM - April through October. The Historical Society meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Museum. The public is welcome and we are always looking for new members. 2016 OFFICERS: President: Stephen Clute Vice-President: Ann Carr Secretary/Treasurer: Jan Bishop Town Historian: Stephen Clute

07/13/2019

Museum open tomorrow, 1:00-3:00, say hello to Sue!

06/15/2019

Calling All Community Artists
Hinsdale’s 200th birthday is in 2020. The Historical Society is planning to hang a large bicentennial banner on the Rt. 16 side of the school fence. We would like 2 sketches that reflect past and present changes between 1820 and 2020. The pictures may relate to any theme. Farming, school, fashion, transportation, and architecture are some ideas. Line drawings are needed so they can be replicated on a large banner in one color and identifiable from a distance. There is a $25 prize for each of the pictures chosen.
Submissions are due by Friday, September 20th, 2019 and can be taken to the school office or by contacting the town clerk, Ann Carr, at 716-557-2478, ext 5. All submissions will be displayed at various 2020 events. Be sure to attach your name to all submissions.

2019 Hinsdale Historical Society Newsletter
06/10/2019

2019 Hinsdale Historical Society Newsletter

Article in June 9, 2019 edition of Olean Times Herald regarding our museum's recent acquisition.
06/09/2019

Article in June 9, 2019 edition of Olean Times Herald regarding our museum's recent acquisition.

Hinsdale's 200th Birthday Calendar Fundraiser.
04/20/2019

Hinsdale's 200th Birthday Calendar Fundraiser.

Field trips available to Hinsdale Central School students.  I believe this was in the mid 1950's.
02/09/2019

Field trips available to Hinsdale Central School students. I believe this was in the mid 1950's.

01/16/2019

Hinsdale had it's first Bicentennial Meeting last night. We are contemplating a historical 2020 Hinsdale Calendar, reminding all the various functions throughout the year celebrating our birthday. Our next meeting is Tuesday February 12th, 7:00 p.m. at the Methodist Church, public welcome and needed! "On March 11, 1808, an act of the New York State legislature provided that land should be taken from Genesee County to organize Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties." Until 500 taxable voter inhabitants were established, we remained part of Niagara County.

The center of our town, known as the “Park”, formerly the “Square” and earlier referred to as the “Common”.In 1843, the ...
12/25/2018

The center of our town, known as the “Park”, formerly the “Square” and earlier referred to as the “Common”.

In 1843, the Hinsdale Academy was built. In 1855, that building was purchased to become a district school and town hall. In 1901, the ground became Hinsdale Union School. 1952 brought a new fire house building, the Hinsdale, Maplehurst, & Pleasant Valley Fire Department. In 1989, a gazebo was built in front of the firehall in the park. Last year was Hinsdale Historical Society's first tree lighting.

This year, December 20, 2018 saw Hinsdale Historical Society’s second tree lighting including almost 200 luminaries. Many thanks to the folks that decorated individual trees donated by KG Reiss and Johnson's Tree Farm, Jolly Roger and Wendy, the Genesis House in Olean, and all that baked cookies and helped on this fun community event. On behalf of Hinsdale Historical Society, Happy Holidays to all and the best in 2019!

On another note, last Thursday's tree lighting also include another special moment as Santa presented Colton Smith of Hinsdale a $500.00 scholarship check on behalf of the Hinsdale Volunteer Fire Dept.

Thank you to everyone from the community that joined us for the Christmas tree lighting and luminary display, the visit ...
12/22/2018

Thank you to everyone from the community that joined us for the Christmas tree lighting and luminary display, the visit from Santa and caroling with Jolly Roger.

12/15/2018

Join us as Hinsdale lights up for the holidays with Christmas trees and luminaries this Thursday, December 20th from 5:00 -7:00 pm at the firehall. We invite everyone including folks from adjacent towns of Ischua, Portville, Allegany or Olean to join us in caroling and a surprise visit from Santa. Jolly Roger will lead us with music and caroling; sing along sheets will be provided. Hot cocoa and cookies will be provided and hot dogs will be available for sale. Hinsdale is a small town with a large heart. Bring the family; the museum will be open!

11/23/2018

The Hinsdale Historical Society has been donated fifteen Christmas Trees and we will set them up for decoration by December 1st. Not all trees are claimed, so call 716-557-2643 or any historical society member to claim and decorate one. Organizations, businesses or families are welcome to decorate a tree in remembrance of someone or to advertise your business or organization. The donated trees are first come, first served. Expanding on last year's tree display will be a lighting of hundreds of luminaries on December 20 in support of Genesis House. Luminary kits can be bought for $10.00. (Call Jan at 716-378-5098).

11/19/2018
10/10/2018

Happy birthday Hinsdale, New York in 2020. We are looking for suggestions in celebration of our bi-centennial. Feel free to contact any in the historical society or Ann Carr, town clerk at 716-557-2478. Reminder, museum open this Sat. 13th from 1:00-3:00.

History of Thaddeus Jackson Farwell and Elizabeth Conrad with their ancestors and descendants, June 26, 1913, by Alice F...
10/08/2018

History of Thaddeus Jackson Farwell and Elizabeth Conrad with their ancestors and descendants, June 26, 1913, by Alice Farwell Bennett, Historian

09/07/2018

Reminder, Hinsdale Museum will open this Saturday 8th from 1:00-3:00pm. Great way to introduce new families to the roots of our community!

09/02/2018
08/09/2018

Hinsdale Museum will be open this Saturday the 11th from 1:00-3:00, stop in, check out several new displays and say hello to Jan!

07/14/2018

Free admission today 1-3:00 pm at Hinsdale Museum. All welcome, stop in and get out of the heat.

07/10/2018

Welcome Hinsdale Alumni, your hometown museum is open the 14th from 1:00-3:00. Can also open Friday or Sunday for an hour, msg. or text 716-307-7699.

Thought these were interesting enough to post,   names include Carr, Kent, Sarah Johnson, Crosby, Stimson, Hillman, Hick...
06/17/2018

Thought these were interesting enough to post, names include Carr, Kent, Sarah Johnson, Crosby, Stimson, Hillman, Hicks (Cuba Civil War Vet), Elling, Folts and Conklin. Great local history, thanks Ada and Troy.

06/15/2018

The Hinsdale Museum on 3826 Main Street, Hinsdale, NY will be open tomorrow, Saturday, June 16, 2018 as part of the Cattaraugus County Museum Day from 10 AM - Noon. Kids that bring their parent(s) will be given fun-to-play-with gifts.

06/15/2018

The following are the winners of the contests at the Hinsdale Horseradish Festival on June 2, 2018:

Winner of the Margarita and Honey Basket Raffle - Jeanne F.

Winner of the $100 in lottery tickets - Amy D.

Winners of "Name That Item" Contest were Paula M., Donald E., and Sue F.

Our goal was to bring attention to the Hinsdale Historical Society and Hinsdale Museum, coupled with the necessity to have fun working together. I believe we did; thanks to all!

Here are the answers to the Hinsdale Historical Society's "Name That Item" contest from the June 2, 2018 Hinsdale Horser...
06/11/2018

Here are the answers to the Hinsdale Historical Society's
"Name That Item" contest from the June 2, 2018 Hinsdale Horseradish Festival. Winners will be notified this week.

"Name that Item", was done last weekend at Horseradish fest, winners will be announced shortly, can you identify items?
06/08/2018

"Name that Item", was done last weekend at Horseradish fest, winners will be announced shortly, can you identify items?

06/01/2018

The Hinsdale Museum will also be open this Saturday as well as having a tent at the 4th annual Hinsdale Horseradish Festival. Stop in and say hello to Rose and Norm from Noon to 2:00 PM. I promise you'll enjoy our museum!

2018 Hinsdale Historical Society Newsletter.
05/21/2018

2018 Hinsdale Historical Society Newsletter.

05/11/2018

On behalf of the Hinsdale Historical Society, we want to extend our sympathy on the passing of Magdalena Rauhut. Her late husband Horst, a dedicated member of our society passed in 2011. To the whole family, we are truly sorry for our and your loss, both great members of the Haskell Community and Hinsdale.

05/10/2018

Reminder, Museum open this Saturday 12th from 1-3, stop in!

03/01/2018
The earliest HCS FLASH from June 14, 1939 that we have. I wonder when the name "Bobcats" came about?
01/31/2018

The earliest HCS FLASH from June 14, 1939 that we have. I wonder when the name "Bobcats" came about?

Early Hinsdale School district information from an old town ledger.
12/31/2017

Early Hinsdale School district information from an old town ledger.

Thank you to everyone that helped with and attended Hinsdale's first Christmas tree display. I'm proud to be part of Hin...
12/12/2017

Thank you to everyone that helped with and attended Hinsdale's first Christmas tree display. I'm proud to be part of Hinsdale's Historical Society as they worked hard to promote this event. We counted over 60 kids and adults that attended yesterday's program. Special thank you to Santa, Sue VanDeCar, Kelly Karst, and Hinsdale's music teacher, Mark Lungershausen, for leading the carolers, as well as many others, too numerous to mention. Thanks again.

Tomorrow, Sunday, December 10, 2017, stop by the park in front of the Hinsdale Fire Department from 3:00 - 5:00 PM to se...
12/10/2017

Tomorrow, Sunday, December 10, 2017, stop by the park in front of the Hinsdale Fire Department from 3:00 - 5:00 PM to see the community Christmas trees. Santa will be there and cookies and hot chocolate will be available. Also, carolers will be singing Christmas carols...stop by and sing along. The museum will open at dusk and will be lit up with old kerosene lamps. Stop in, warm up and enjoy the Hinsdale Historical Society's first Christmas tree display.

Special thanks to Reiss Country Properties & Spruce Tree Farm, Cuba and Johnson's Tree Farm, Franklinville for donating the trees.

Hinsdale Historical Society
11/17/2017

Hinsdale Historical Society

11/16/2017
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09/11/2017

Hinsdale Historical Society

08/25/2017
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07/22/2017

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"My Town Looked Like That!?", by Craig Braack this Tuesday.

"My Town Looked Like That!?", by Craig Braack this Tuesday.
07/21/2017

"My Town Looked Like That!?", by Craig Braack this Tuesday.

07/03/2017

Welcome Hinsdale Alumni! Our museum will be open Saturday, July 8th from 1:00 - 3:00. Stop in and say hello to Sue!

Thanks to everyone that participated in the "Name The Item" contest at the 3rd Annual Hinsdale Horseradish Festival.  He...
06/17/2017

Thanks to everyone that participated in the "Name The Item" contest at the 3rd Annual Hinsdale Horseradish Festival. Here are the answers to the items...

Item 1 is a patented 1884 rug stretcher
Item 2 is a cigarette holder
Item 3 is an oil lamp wick trimmer
Item 4 is a 1927 filed patent ink well bottle
Item 5 is an old derby type hat stretcher
Item 6 is a flower frog used to hold artificial flowers in place
Item 7 is a cow poke used to hold animals within a single strand of wire
Item 8 is used as an oven rack push and pull
Item 9 a Tupperware citrus peeler
Item 10 is a magnetized automobile pipe holder

The Hinsdale Historical Society appreciates the many folks that tried to guess what the items were. The 1st place winner guessed six items correctly and we also awarded three additional prizes.

Name the items...
06/11/2017

Name the items...

Hinsdale Historical Society
05/21/2017

Hinsdale Historical Society

Notes kept by Blanche Banfield-Hillman on World War enlistees from Hinsdale. The soldiers are as follows: Brown, Burton, Calkins, Caverly, Chamberlain, Clapp, Gile, Holliday, Hooper, Kennedy, Lockwood, Migliano, Miller, Norton, Pringle and Yulyama.

2017 Hinsdale Historical Society Newsletter
05/20/2017

2017 Hinsdale Historical Society Newsletter

Notes kept by Blanche Banfield-Hillman on World War enlistees from Hinsdale.  The soldiers are as follows: Brown, Burton...
05/20/2017

Notes kept by Blanche Banfield-Hillman on World War enlistees from Hinsdale. The soldiers are as follows: Brown, Burton, Calkins, Caverly, Chamberlain, Clapp, Gile, Holliday, Hooper, Kennedy, Lockwood, Migliano, Miller, Norton, Pringle and Yulyama.

Notes kept by Blanche Banfield-Hillman on World War enlistees from Hinsdale. The soldiers are as follows: Brown, Burton, Calkins, Caverly, Chamberlain, Clapp, Gile, Holliday, Hooper, Kennedy, Lockwood, Migliano, Miller, Norton, Pringle and Yulyama.

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3826 Main Street, P.O. Box 43
Hinsdale, NY
14743

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