Nunda Historical Society

Nunda Historical Society Nunda Historical Society Museum & Rose M. Shave Gallery is open 10 am - 12 pm on Tuesdays, 2 - 4 pm on 1st Sundays April through November and by appointment - call 585-465-0971 or 585-490-3302
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View 1854 and 1858 wall maps of Livingston County and exhibits of Nunda artifacts. Visit the Rose Shave Gallery with 39 paintings by a most talented Nunda artist who worked from about 1875 to 1925. Purchase books on local history or items such as the lovely Nunda afghan.

Mission: The Nunda Historical Society collects, researches, preserves, interprets, and promotes the history, heritage, and culture of that area of western New York in and around the Town of Nunda and educates the public through its collections and programming.

Local Civil War Veterans pose on Second Street in Nunda during a Grand Army of the Republic Encampment in 1894.
11/07/2019

Local Civil War Veterans pose on Second Street in Nunda during a Grand Army of the Republic Encampment in 1894.

The Society is now taking orders for our locally  Fresh Decorated Christmas Wreaths, available with red or burgundy bows...
11/03/2019

The Society is now taking orders for our locally Fresh Decorated Christmas Wreaths, available with red or burgundy bows. An Order Form is attached here and is also available on our website. Order yours today!

What a nice day to take a walk through history!  Please join us for a Memory Walk around the Village Square this afterno...
10/13/2019

What a nice day to take a walk through history! Please join us for a Memory Walk around the Village Square this afternoon starting at 1 PM. Tom Byrnes will be leading today's walk and sharing over 75 years of memories of the people, businesses and events which have shaped our historic square and community. Participants will be encouraged to share their own memories! Meet in front of the old Village Building (police station).

The sale is on!  Don't let the rain keep you away from some great goodies and treasures!  We will be open today from 9 t...
10/12/2019

The sale is on! Don't let the rain keep you away from some great goodies and treasures! We will be open today from 9 to 3 today at our building at 24 Portage Road. Be sure to stop by!

We have two events coming up on Columbus Day Weekend that you won't want to miss!
10/05/2019

We have two events coming up on Columbus Day Weekend that you won't want to miss!

There is still space on our Fall 2019 Foliage Tour to Salamanca on Thursday, Oct. 17th.  Call to reserve your place by O...
10/05/2019

There is still space on our Fall 2019 Foliage Tour to Salamanca on Thursday, Oct. 17th. Call to reserve your place by Oct. 10. See Poster and earlier post of this event.

Join us for the NHS Fall Foliage Tour on October 17th!  This historical adventure includes the new Seneca National Museu...
09/21/2019

Join us for the NHS Fall Foliage Tour on October 17th! This historical adventure includes the new Seneca National Museum and Allegany State Park. For more information and a registration form go to http://www.nundahistory.org/trip.htm.

You won't want to miss this trip!

We had a nice crowd of almost fifty people at last night's Historical Societymeeting.  Rhonda Cartwright Amidon gave a w...
09/12/2019

We had a nice crowd of almost fifty people at last night's Historical Societymeeting. Rhonda Cartwright Amidon gave a wonderful presentation on the History of the Cartwright Maple Tree Inn with the help of her mother, Virginia, and other family members. A big THANK YOU to Rhonda and her family for the interesting program. We can't wait until they open in the spring!

Can you help us?  Recently a group of school photographs were donated to us that once belonged to the late Charlotte Kea...
09/10/2019

Can you help us? Recently a group of school photographs were donated to us that once belonged to the late Charlotte Keating. It probably dates from the 1960s. Does anyone recognize this person?

09/01/2019

We are currently in the process of changing our website host so our site my be offline for a few days. Thank you for your patience!

Nunda Historical Society's cover photo
08/26/2019

Nunda Historical Society's cover photo

Chevalier Harold "Bud" Long:Knight in Legion of Honor
08/02/2019
Chevalier Harold "Bud" Long:Knight in Legion of Honor

Chevalier Harold "Bud" Long:Knight in Legion of Honor

By Jasmine Willis NUNDA — A local WWII Veteran Staff Sgt. And Chevalier Harold Brunswick “Bud” Long received the highest honor at the Nunda Historical Society.

Here is the official press release on tomorrow's ceremony at the Nunda Historical Society!
07/30/2019
Nunda veteran to receive French knighthood honor

Here is the official press release on tomorrow's ceremony at the Nunda Historical Society!

Nunda veteran Harold Brunswick “Bud” Long was to be honored July 31 by the French government for his service helping to liberate France during World War II.

07/30/2019

On Wednesday, July 31st at 2 PM Congressman Chris Collins and a representative from Catherine Young's office will be presenting some special awards to WWII Veteran Bud Long at the Nunda Historical Society Building. The public is welcome!

07/19/2019

What perfect weather we enjoyed for our Summer Tour to Jamestown. We spent a lovely morning on the Chautauqua Belle touring the lake with a wonderful breeze to keep us cool and a delicious chicken BBQ for lunch. The afternoon was spent at the National Comedy Center Museum in Jamestown where we found an overwhelming number of options to enjoy (or participate in) your favorite forms of comedy over the years.
Thanks to all 54 members and friends who joined us on this tour. We look forward to seeing you again on a future tour, perhaps this October. Watch for details.

2019 Summer Historical Society Tour on the steamboat Chautauqua Belle on July 18th.
07/19/2019

2019 Summer Historical Society Tour on the steamboat Chautauqua Belle on July 18th.

2019 Summer Historical Society Tour on the steamboat Chautauqua Belle on July 18th.

The NHS Historical Building will be open this Sunday (July 14) from 2 to 4 PM.  Stop in to see the Nunda Museum and the ...
07/12/2019

The NHS Historical Building will be open this Sunday (July 14) from 2 to 4 PM. Stop in to see the Nunda Museum and the Rose Shave Gallery. We will also be available to help with your family or property research!

Lots of history on the NHS float on Americana Day! Top Row - Sarah Stilson (Janice Morris), Nunda's 1st female college g...
07/12/2019

Lots of history on the NHS float on Americana Day! Top Row - Sarah Stilson (Janice Morris), Nunda's 1st female college graduate; Andrew Russell (Koen Weaver), Nunda's famous photographer; Capt H.W. Hand (Joe Dipasquale) Civili War veteran and author of the Centennial History of Nunda; Chauncey K. Sanders (Randy Morris) founder of the Nunda News; James Paine (Jesse Smith), first permanent settler of Nunda; Mr. Wildrick (George Wildrick), one of Keshequa's OLD history teachers; Sitting: Rose Shave (Brenda Weaver), Nunda's famous painter; Cora Dowling (Marchelle Vianese), daughter of famous railroad contractor Michael Dowling and owner of Elmwood; Marjorie Frost (Patty Galbraith), Nunda's beloved Town Historian; Polly Paine (Sue Long), first permanent settler of Nunda along with her husband, James. Thanks to all!

This Quilt Show will be on display through Sunday, July 7th between 2 pm and 4 pm.  If you missed it yesterday at Americ...
07/07/2019

This Quilt Show will be on display through Sunday, July 7th between 2 pm and 4 pm. If you missed it yesterday at Americana Day, plan to stop by today.

What are your memories of Nunda's historic village square?  Join NHS members Tom Byrnes and Tom Cook on a "Memory Walk" ...
07/05/2019

What are your memories of Nunda's historic village square? Join NHS members Tom Byrnes and Tom Cook on a "Memory Walk" around the square at 1 PM tomorrow during Americana Day. We will be remembering some of the businesses once found along the square- come and share your favorite memories! Meet in front of the Police Station (old village building).

Be sure to stop by Nunda Historical Society Building between 10 AM and 2 PM during Saturday's Americana Day to see our q...
07/05/2019

Be sure to stop by Nunda Historical Society Building between 10 AM and 2 PM during Saturday's Americana Day to see our quilt show. There will be a large number of both old and new quilts on display from our member's and NHS collections. You can even participate in a community quilt - beginners welcome!

07/03/2019

Attention Members - If there is anyone who can volunteer an hour or two on Americana Day Saturday between 10 and 2, please message us!

Genesee Canal 1870 Canal Warehouse and Lock #42 will be stops on the July 6th Canal Walk in the Village of Nunda.  This ...
06/27/2019

Genesee Canal 1870 Canal Warehouse and Lock #42 will be stops on the July 6th Canal Walk in the Village of Nunda. This is an Americana Day event. See details in events listing on this page.

06/13/2019

The winner of the print “the taking of Mary Jemison “ is Jack Morgan Thanks to all who bought tickets! Special thanks to Ray Goll who donated the print for the raffle!

06/12/2019

Don't forget tonights Annual Picnic at the NHS Pavilion at 6 PM. Everyone is invited - just bring a dish to pass and your table setting. Entertainment begins at 7 PM in the meeting room - the Music of the 50's and 60's by Geoff Clough. The program will include an audience "Name that Tune" section! Lots of fun and great music. We will also be drawing the winning ticket for the Mary Jemison print . Hope to see you tonight!

This black and white photograph of the Nunda Theatre on East Street appeared in the 1958 Nundarama Booklet.  Does anyone...
06/10/2019

This black and white photograph of the Nunda Theatre on East Street appeared in the 1958 Nundarama Booklet. Does anyone remember what colors were found on the marquee? (lettering, background, edging, lights, etc.) The NHS would also be interested in copies of any photographs (especially in color) of the exterior or interior of the building. Thanks for any help you can give us!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at Nunda Fun Days this year.  The Society raised $400 and got some new me...
06/02/2019

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at Nunda Fun Days this year. The Society raised $400 and got some new memberships! The winner of the crate filled with local history goodies was won by Allegra Learn. The drawing for the print will be held on June 12th at the NHS Picnic. We are open today (June 2) from 2-4 pm. Be sure to stop in!

This lovely lithograph is the cover of one of the early board games we have in our collection.   "Playing Department Sto...
06/02/2019

This lovely lithograph is the cover of one of the early board games we have in our collection. "Playing Department Store" was copyrighted in 1898 by the McLoughlin Brothers.

The Society needs members to help man this year's booth at Nunda Fun Days.  Its fun and easy to do - you will be paired ...
05/28/2019

The Society needs members to help man this year's booth at Nunda Fun Days. Its fun and easy to do - you will be paired with at least one other member. We have slots open Thursday and Friday evening and all day Saturday. Whether you can volunteer for an hour or two or stay the day your help would be greatly appreciated! Please contact us if you can help!

We had a great program last night at the Historical Society. The famous boxer John L Sullivan presented the show "Life i...
05/09/2019

We had a great program last night at the Historical Society. The famous boxer John L Sullivan presented the show "Life is a Fight". We highly recommend the program to area historical societies and organizations. Brandon Heaney, an English Teacher at Fillmore, does a great job!

05/03/2019

May 5th is the first Sunday in the month so our Historical Building will be open from 2 to 4 PM. If you haven't seen the Nunda Museum or Rose Shave Gallery lately, be sure to stop by! Free admission. We can also help you with your family and property research!

Also, we are looking for volunteers to help with our 2020 Historical Calendar. It will be part 2 of "Education in Nunda and Portage" and cover the period from the centralization of the two schools, through the merger to the modern day. We are looking for photos showing the schools and school life (that didn't appear in a yearbook) and need NHS members to help with photos, script, layout, advertising and more. (If your not a member this would be a great time to join!) If you have photos or are interested in helping, please stop by Sunday or message us!

They will soon be on their way!   Tomorrow FedEx will be picking up the Nunda yearbooks.  We are sending them to a progr...
04/25/2019

They will soon be on their way! Tomorrow FedEx will be picking up the Nunda yearbooks. We are sending them to a program in Oklahoma that will digitize the full set from 1946 to 2018 - they even pay for the shipping! We should have them back along with dvds for the Historical Society, Bell Memorial Library and the High School in 6 to 8 weeks.

Special thanks to librarians Pat Galbraith at Bell Memorial and Joan Ellison at Keshequa for their help. We also thank Christy Crandall-Bean for loaning us her yearbook - the only one we were missing!

The Nunda Historical Society is partnering with Bell Memorial Library and the Keshequa School Library to participate in ...
04/11/2019

The Nunda Historical Society is partnering with Bell Memorial Library and the Keshequa School Library to participate in the OCI Yearbook Project. For a nominal cost we can have all our Nunda/Keshequa yearbooks digitized. Copies of the searchable dvds will be available for use at the Historical Society, Bell Memorial Library and the KCS library.

To complete the collection we are looking for a copy of the 1988 yearbook. The copy will be returned in original shape in about 6 weeks after they are sent in. If you have a copy that we can borrow or that you are willing to donate to the Historical Society, please contact us!

(You could bring it to Sunday's program by Dennis James!)

Reminder - there is no Historical Society meeting tonight (Wed April 10th) Be sure to join us this Sunday at 2:30 for an...
04/10/2019

Reminder - there is no Historical Society meeting tonight (Wed April 10th) Be sure to join us this Sunday at 2:30 for another outstanding program by Dennis James

Thanks to the Livingston County Historical Society, an interesting reminder of one of Nunda's leading citizens of the 20...
04/08/2019

Thanks to the Livingston County Historical Society, an interesting reminder of one of Nunda's leading citizens of the 20th century has returned to Nunda. This model of the SS America was made by Fred L Dake in the 1950s. We now have it on display along with labels that pay tribute to Mr. Dake and tell the history of this famous ship.

Thanks to the Livingston County Historical Society, an interesting reminder of one of Nunda's leading citizens of the 20...
04/08/2019

Thanks to the Livingston County Historical Society, an interesting reminder of one of Nunda's leading citizens of the 20th century has returned to Nunda. This model of the SS America was made by Fred L Dake in the 1950s. We now have it on display along with labels that pay tribute to Mr. Dake and tell the history of this famous ship.

04/04/2019

Looking for something to do this Sunday (April 6th)? Stop by the Nunda Historical Society - we will be open from 2 to 4 pm! This month we are highlighting the wooden model of a famous ocean liner that local resident Fred Dake constructed in the 1950s. The Nunda Museum and Rose Shave Gallery will be open and we will be on hand to help you with family or house research!

Even if you missed the Open House, you can still explore the Nunda Museum and the Rose Shave Gallery.   We are open Tues...
03/31/2019

Even if you missed the Open House, you can still explore the Nunda Museum and the Rose Shave Gallery. We are open Tuesday mornings from 10 to 12 and the 2 -4 PM the first Sunday of the month. You can also make appointment to come to do research or visit the exhibits!

We hope to see you Wednesday at the first historical program of the 2019 season!
03/12/2019

We hope to see you Wednesday at the first historical program of the 2019 season!

Early photo of Oakland, one of the topics on Tom cook's March 13th program
03/11/2019

Early photo of Oakland, one of the topics on Tom cook's March 13th program

03/05/2019

Please note! The March 13th talk on the Cartwright Maple Tree Inn at the NHS has been postponed to a later date.

Nunda Historical Society's cover photo
02/25/2019

Nunda Historical Society's cover photo

This image was taken sometime before 1906 and shows the west side of the Village Square known as the "Farmers Exchange."...
02/25/2019

This image was taken sometime before 1906 and shows the west side of the Village Square known as the "Farmers Exchange." W. Y. Robinson's Drug and Book store (see our latest cover image) is in the center of the photograph.

Address

24 PORTAGE St
Nunda, NY
14517-0341

General information

Founded in 1983, the Nunda Historical Society continues to collect, preserve, present, and promote Nunda area history. The Society owns and operates the Nunda Historical Building which includes the Nunda Museum and Rose Shave Gallery. The Museum and Gallery is open on Sundays 2-4 p.m (April to November) or by appointment.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00

Telephone

(585) 468-5420

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