Allegany Area Historical Association

The Association was established during the community's Sesquicentennial celebration of 1981 for the purpose of collecting materials and artifacts pertaining to the history and development of the Allegany area. The Education Department of the University of the State of New York granted an Absolute Charter on December 10, 1987.

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The Heritage Center is now closed on Wednesdays through next Spring, 2019. For any inquiries, please email us at AlleganyHeritageCenter@gmail.com or contact us through our Facebook page

Current officers of the Association:

    • President: Francie Potter
    • Vice President: Kathy Premo
    • Secretary: Marilyn Frisina
    • Treasurer: Sue Schreiber Kalman
    • Corresponding Secretary: Eileen Shabala
    • Trustees: Alice Altenburg, Jim Hitchcock, Marge Geise, Margaret Parker, Charlene Sendlakowski and Tom Stetz.

Location

The Association's permanent meeting site and shelter for historical artifacts is in the former United Methodist Church located at 25 N. Second Street in the village of Allegany. The church, a local historical landmark, was constructed in 1855 by the Methodist Episcopal Congregation, one of the earliest religious societies in the village. The Association now owns the building. The layout of the church has been preserved, including the original pews and pulpit.

Meetings & Events

Next Meeting: SUNDAY, MARCH 24 – 2 P.M. - HERITAGE CENTER - 25 N. 2ND STREET, ALLEGANY

We will meet on Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m. at the Heritage Center, 25 North Second Street. AAHA Trustee Charlene Sendlakowski will give us Part Three of her series about the businesses of Allegany. This time, she will tell us what businesses used to be where on Main Street between Third Street and Fifth Street, and who the owners were, with the exception of the Town Hall and Geary’s building, which she has covered before. Her information comes from the Allegany Citizen, city directories and other materials. She has enjoyed putting this next chapter of our history together. Please join us as Char fills in some more gaps in our local history.

Research Materials

NEW LINK - See Allegany Citizen Newspaper Articles from 1896 to 1976 (Click below)

Allegany Citizen Digital Archive Link

Tales of War and Confinement from World War II is a book containing letters from Richard (Richie) Boser and Clemens (Clem) Martiny written to the editor of the Allegany Citizen during the Second World War. Mr. Boser served in the European theater of action, and Mr. Martiny was with the Seabees in the South Pacific. Their letters were researched as an Eagle Scout project by Amit Patel of Allegany. The book also has a letter written by N.V.V.F. (Van) Munson detailing his experiences as a German prisoner of war. This book sells for $6.00, plus $3.00 shipping and handling.

A third printing has been done of Our Allegany Heritage, 1831-1981 , our orginal book about the history of Allegany, New York. This soft cover edition sells for $10.00, plus $2.50 shipping and handling.

Either book can be obtained from: The Allegany Area Historical Association, PO Box 162, Allegany, New York 14706. Checks should be made to A.A.H.A.. Expect 2 weeks for delivery.

How to contact AAHA

For further information write to:
Allegany Area Historical Association
P.O. Box 162
Allegany, NY 14706
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