The Newfane Historical Society was established to educate the public on the history of Newfane and Olcott in Niagara County, and its place in the history of New York and the United States. It's an all volunteer community-based organization that formed in 1975 and is a non-profit educational society.
The society's mission, drawn from its certificate of incorporation, is as follows; The Town of Newfane Historical Society exists to:
The Newfane Historical Society is a non-profit organization that depends on gifts, membership revenue, volunteers, and other earned revenue such as admission fees, to serve the communities of Newfane and Olcott. Private gifts from individuals, businesses, foundations, and organizations help support the society’s educational programs, special projects, and general operations.
The Society publishes a quarterly newsletter. It receives its main funding through the town of Newfane, grants, membership dues and fundraisers including the Van Horn Mansion tours and rentals, and the Apple Blossom & Harvest Festivals held each Spring and Autumn.
President: Victoria Banks
Vice President: Melissa Schaeffer
Secretary: Jill Heck
Corresponding Secretary: Janet Capen
Financial Secretary: Rosemary Miller
Treasurer: David Steggles
Trustees: Janet Capen, Bill Clark, Keegan Connolly, Virginia Dillman, Steve Goodman, Kevin Luckman, Chuck Manhardt, Terry Manhardt, Bill Neidlinger, Bill Ott, Mindi Schaeffer, Rose Schaeffer, George Updegraph