Wilson Historical Society

Wilson Historical Society The Wilson Historical Society, established in 1972 is dedicated to the preservation of history for the town, village and surrounding areas of Wilson NY.
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MUSEUM OPEN 1st and 3rd Sunday's from April - November 2pm-4pm. Special requests for group visits inquire on the page or contact the Wilson Town Clerk's office at 716-751-6704

Operating as usual

It is with sincere gratitude that we recognize our town historian, Francis Gallagher who applied for and won the grant f...
09/14/2020

It is with sincere gratitude that we recognize our town historian, Francis Gallagher who applied for and won the grant for the newest historical roadside marker for our Rex Tugwell log cabin. Thanks to his efforts it will be memorialized for many years to come!

It is with great regret that the Historical Society must with everyone's safety in mind, cancel the 2020 Memorial Day fa...
04/14/2020

It is with great regret that the Historical Society must with everyone's safety in mind, cancel the 2020 Memorial Day fair. Due to health concerns with Corona virus, and the ongoing restrictions regarding large gatherings, we feel we cannot in good conscience proceed with the fair. All vendors will receive a refund of their deposits along with a letter detailing plans for 2021. We look forward as everyone does to the day when we can all gather again and share the community celebration that has for almost 50 years marked the beginning of the summer season in Wilson. Thanks for your support and understanding. - Wilson Historical Society Board of Directors

You can request a pdf version sent to you through Facebook Messenger or via email.
02/17/2020

You can request a pdf version sent to you through Facebook Messenger or via email.

You can request a pdf version sent to you through Facebook Messenger or via email.

Ice bridges of the Niagara River, great turnout!  Thanks to Carol Rogers from Niagara parks
02/14/2020

Ice bridges of the Niagara River, great turnout! Thanks to Carol Rogers from Niagara parks

Another great turnout for the War of 1812 discussion tonight!
11/20/2019

Another great turnout for the War of 1812 discussion tonight!

Great turnout tonight for our historical presentation on the Erie Canal:  music and medicine! Thanks to middle school st...
10/15/2019

Great turnout tonight for our historical presentation on the Erie Canal: music and medicine! Thanks to middle school students for coming!

Want to share after having to relocate our town founder’s stone due to painting, we found it’s old frame was rotted, so ...
09/20/2019

Want to share after having to relocate our town founder’s stone due to painting, we found it’s old frame was rotted, so after some redesigning in stainless frame and a LOT of elbow grease and diluted bleach I think it came out great. The original stone seen here was damaged and removed From greenwood cemetery, and replaced with a modern stone in 1976. The society preserves this for the future!

Line up for Field days parade! Historical society cars representing 85 years of automotive history!
08/18/2019

Line up for Field days parade! Historical society cars representing 85 years of automotive history!

Found the monument to our local hero’s at the Gettysburg battlefield. Off the normal path requires a bit of hiking to ge...
08/08/2019

Found the monument to our local hero’s at the Gettysburg battlefield. Off the normal path requires a bit of hiking to get to it. Nonetheless it’s inspiring to understand our own Niagara County and Wilson boys fought and served here at the bloodiest battle of the civil war.

Many thanks to the Niagara county sheriffs work program for repainting the Randall road schoolhouse! Much needed and loo...
06/19/2019

Many thanks to the Niagara county sheriffs work program for repainting the Randall road schoolhouse! Much needed and looks great!

Wilson Historical Society's cover photo
05/30/2019

Wilson Historical Society's cover photo

May 27, 2019 Photos of Memorial Day Fair
05/30/2019

May 27, 2019 Photos of Memorial Day Fair

May 27, 2019 Photos of Memorial Day Fair

05/25/2019

VENDORS PLEASE TAKE NOTE: Due to the recent rains you may be relocated to a different spot than you have been assigned. DO NOT. REPEAT....DO NOT Enter the fields without checking in either Monday morning or Sunday evening. Some sections are ok, some are not. Do not assume your regular location is usable. Check first.

04/08/2019

Enjoying the sounds of the Lock City Glee Club!

Many thanks to the Clark family and Niagara Erecting for helping us relocate the old pier marker light! Hahns Sales and ...
03/15/2019

Many thanks to the Clark family and Niagara Erecting for helping us relocate the old pier marker light! Hahns Sales and service for blasting and re-painting. The light will soon be re-installed! This vintage marker light was saved by Floyd Clark years ago and has been hiding out back at the museum grounds. We decided to move it up front for more visibility!

01/30/2019

PSA: For all Wilson residents. All garbage & recycle both town and village will happen this week on Wednesday . Blue & red recycle.

Kicking off the holiday season in Wilson! Make sure to visit the Exley Methodist church at 3 for another holiday concert...
12/02/2018

Kicking off the holiday season in Wilson! Make sure to visit the Exley Methodist church at 3 for another holiday concert and the First Baptist church for their very country Christmas celebration. Santa will be at the Wilson house we hear also!!!

I hope wherever you are today, at the 11th hour of the 11th day, of the 11th month, you remember 100 years ago the final...
11/11/2018

I hope wherever you are today, at the 11th hour of the 11th day, of the 11th month, you remember 100 years ago the final end of the "Great War", World War 1 as it became known. A war that raged for 4 long years, and who many thought would never end. A war that started in Europe, but drew in conflict the world over. A war between royal cousins who saw all but one either deposed or murdered. A war that claimed 10 million war dead and 10 million civilians, and another 20 million injured. It literally reshaped the world we were left with. Many families lost loved ones both here in Wilson and the world over. Our modern day holiday of Veterans day was born out of "Armistice Day" - Today...the guns fell silent and it was over. at 11:00am on November 11th. This picture shows how across the world, people stopped in their daily activity and observed a 2 minute moment of silence. Try doing this today if you can and remember the lost victims of WW1 on this hundredth anniversary, and now also all the other veterans who serve in our military. Say a prayer if you believe for their safety, their service and their sacrifice.

Many thanks to Ron Zimmerman, Donna Lepsch, and Tom Oldham for their help today organizing and moving all the cars in th...
11/04/2018

Many thanks to Ron Zimmerman, Donna Lepsch, and Tom Oldham for their help today organizing and moving all the cars in the museum! Great work! Now we have space for the 2 new donations!

What a great response from the community to our program tonight! Thanks so much to Ms. Mahar’s classes for braving the w...
10/16/2018

What a great response from the community to our program tonight! Thanks so much to Ms. Mahar’s classes for braving the wind and storms to listen to wilson resident Edna Stubbs channel herself as Belva Lockwood!

10/15/2018

Wilson Historical society welcomes Belva Lockwood!

Wedding duty tonight! Congrats and well wishes to the bride and groom! #34pierce
09/29/2018

Wedding duty tonight! Congrats and well wishes to the bride and groom! #34pierce

Check out this amazing donation to the museum’s collection! This plaque containing a medal given to our own NYS senator ...
08/30/2018

Check out this amazing donation to the museum’s collection! This plaque containing a medal given to our own NYS senator Earl W. Brydges by the prime minister of Italy on his visit in 1972. This lovely gift was donated by his sons. Special thanks to Dennis Brydges for having it mounted. To learn more about Earl and his impact on our region and state, visit our museum! Open 1st and 3rd Sunday’s 2-4pm now thru October! Or by special request!

08/02/2018

Reminder - museum is open 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month from 2-4pm. (April-October) Other dates by special request.

Come down to Tuscarora State Park! Remember $ to enter state park, but event is free! 3-9pm
07/28/2018

Come down to Tuscarora State Park! Remember $ to enter state park, but event is free! 3-9pm

06/17/2018
Michael

Thanks for coming!! Hope to see you again!

Visited today. John was kind enough to show Donna and I around. It was a really great experience !!! Thanks again John !!!

06/10/2018

We had a request for any photos of the old Townline bowling alley. Anyone who has one if you can post it would be much appreciated!! Inside or out!

Many thanks to everyone for a fabulous Memorial Day fair this year! The weather cooperated and we had a great turnout! A...
06/06/2018
Wilson Historical Society

Many thanks to everyone for a fabulous Memorial Day fair this year! The weather cooperated and we had a great turnout! And...We have now reached over 700 likes! WAY TO GO FACEBOOK!

The Wilson Historical Society, established in 1972 is dedicated to the preservation of history for the town, village and surrounding areas of Wilson NY.

We mourn the loss of our dear friend and champion of the Wilson Historical Society Don Burrows. Please keep his family i...
05/18/2018
Obituary of Donald Burrows | Hardison Funeral Home - Ransomville

We mourn the loss of our dear friend and champion of the Wilson Historical Society Don Burrows. Please keep his family in your prayers and thoughts.

https://hardisonfuneralhomes.com/tribute/details/1159/Donald-Burrows/obituary.html

Donald A. Burrows, age 84, Prominent Fruit Grower of Burt NY, died Wednesday May 16, 2018 in the Buffalo General Medical Center after a brief illness. Don was born July 23, 1933 on the N. Beebe Road in Wilson, NY, the son of the late Albert and Mabel (Campbell) Burrows and lived there all his life.....

Putting some finishing touches on things around campus before fair!
05/15/2018

Putting some finishing touches on things around campus before fair!

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641 Lake Street - PO BOX 830
Wilson, NY
14172

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Good Afternoon Wilson ! Looking for permission to locate your old privy/ outhouse pit . We write for a magazine , give lectures to historical societies and do displays at libraries. Message me for more info.
Visited today. John was kind enough to show Donna and I around. It was a really great experience !!! Thanks again John !!!
Do you like material culture from the past ? Would you like to be featured in a magazine article ? What's in the time capsule in your backyard ? Any house 1900 or earlier had a outhouse or privy that garbage was thrown into. Message me for more details.
Bicentennial calendars are now available! You don't want to miss out in getting one! Visit the Town Hall and pick one up for $10.
🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼Please Share!🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼 The Wilson Elementary School PTA is proud to announce the inaugural community wide •My School Color Fun Run on September 30, 2017• to raise money for our school. The My School Color Run is an untimed 5k and fun run for all ages and fitness abilities. Along the route, participants will pass through vibrant color zones, making it a "colorful experience." The race and sign in is at Wilson Fire Company #1 Sign in starts @ 9:00am Race starts @ 10:00am Post race party goes till 1:00pm at Krueger Park SPONSORSHIP opportunities available!! Each pre-registered participant is provided with a single powder color packet that will be thrown in the air at the final color celebration. Rather than sell goods, we want to engage the entire student body in a fitness initiative that aims to encourage life-long healthy way of living. Participants registered by 09/15/2017 will receive a •t-shirt•race bib•and individual color packet• 100% of money raised goes to fund programs at WES, including: field trips, teacher grants, book fairs, assemblies, PARP, etc. You can sign up by visiting ✨www.WilsonPTAMSCR.eventbrite.com✨ or by completing a paper registration form. Students can fill out •10 addresses• on a mailer form by 09/15/2017 for a $5 OFF discount. Military Veterans 🇺🇸 can also contact a PTA member for a military discount code. Out of district sports teams ⚽️🏈⛳️🏑🏀 will receive a discount if their entire team participates. Come walk, run or jog your way along our route and join the fun! All ages welcome 🤗