newfane historical society

About Us

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 organization that formed in 1975 and is a non-profit educational society.

Our Mission

The society's mission, drawn from its certificate of incorporation, is as follows; The Town of Newfane Historical Society exists to:

  • Collect, preserve, and maintain artifacts, relics, books, papers, and other articles touching the past history of the Town of Newfane, and the customs and modes of the inhabitants thereof;
  • To exhibit such historical data to the public;
  • To designate places of historic interest in the Town of Newfane with appropriate markers or monuments;
  • To acquire historical sites in the Town of Newfane for the purpose of preservation and maintenance of such sites; and
  • To perpetuate the memory of those inhabitants of the Town of Newfane who, by their labor and heroism, have made substantial contributions to the history of the Town of Newfane.

Structure and Funding

The Newfane Historical Society is a non-profit organization that depends on gifts, fundraising and volunteers to serve the communities of Newfane and Olcott. Donations help support the society’s educational programs, special projects, and general operations.

The Society publishes a quarterly newsletter, called Apple Blossom Times. It receives its main funding through membership dues.

2022 Society Officers and Trustees

President: Vicki Banks

Vice President: Janice Wiegley

Recording Secretary: Jill Heck

Corresponding Secretary: Janet Capen

Financial Secretary: Rich Leader

Treasurer: David Steggles

Trustees: Bill Clark, Steve Goodman, Kevin Luckman, Chuck Manhardt, Maryanne Miller, Bill Neidlinger, Melissa Schaeffer, Mindi Schaeffer, Rose Schaeffer, George Updegraph, Virginia Womelsdorf

Student Ambassador: Briana Johnson


Frequently Asked Questions

Can't find the answer you need here? Please send us a message using the form at the bottom of this page.

Q: What are your upcoming events?

Visit the Calendar of Events section of our website.

Q: How do I become a member? What are the benefits of being a member?

Please visit our Membership section.

Q: How can I donate something to the society?

Please visit our Donation section for options.

Q: Who do I contact with research questions?

Please send us an email and include what you're researching (i.e. your family, the local area, a local family, etc.). We will try to get you in touch with someone who may be able to help you. Please note: we cannot guarantee finding the answers you're seeking, and it will take time for a response.

Q: Can you appraise an artifact?

No, sorry we do not have anyone on staff that could give you pricing information.

Q: Can you repair historical items?

No, although we may have connections to someone who can. Feel free to contact us using the form at the bottom of the page with details.

Q: Can I rent part of your facility for an event?

Both the Van Horn Mansion and our Country Village are available for private event rentals. Please see Private Rentals for details.


Newsletter Archive

Society members receive 4 newsletters in the mail annually. If you are not currently receiving your newsletters, your membership may have expired or we may not have current mailing information. To renew your membership, click here.