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Help us win the Cortland County Community Foundation’s 2020 Philanthropy Challenge! Each year, the Cortland County Historical Society, with the support of our membership as well as local history fans, participates in this generous giving event in honor of National Philanthropy Day on November 15. We have all felt the challenges of this strangest of years. For the Cortland County Historical Society, 2020 has been a particular challenge, with the loss of county funding combined with the pandemic. We can minimize these losses and beat our record from previous years with a little help from our friends! Your donations to CCHS go even further whenRead More →

By Tabitha Scoville “Stone Soup” is one of my favorite children’s stories. It’s amazing that all of the people who could not help a hungry stranger suddenly make a small contribution towards the soup once they heard how tasty it would be with just a little bit of carrots, potatoes, etc. from their pantry. Cortland County Historical Society is a perfect example of how the generosity of strangers to a common cause can create a fabulous concoction. People have been giving CCHS their cherished family heirlooms, photos, and stories for more than 95 years. Each contribution is like a bit of celery, onion, or spicesRead More →

Dear CCHS Members, Friends, and Visitors, Cortland County Historical Society will reopen under NY Forward Phase 4 Guidelines on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. While we look forward to returning to work on site, out of concern for everyone’s safety and the physical limitations of our facilities, the James Suggett House Museum and the Kellogg Memorial Research Center will remain closed to members, friends, and visitors.  We will offer distance research (free to members) only. Our priority when we reopen is to respond to the growing backlog of research requests, in the order in which they were received.  Please email your research requests to info@cortlandhistory.org. WeRead More →

July, 2019 The popular series returns this month with 4 exciting presentations at the Historical Society. Bring your own lunch or just enjoy a beverage and dessert with us. This program is free and open to the public. We start at 12:10 and finish at 12:50. Call 607-756-6071 for more information.   Wednesday, July 10 “The Cortland Academy in Homer: Its Origins and History” Please join Martin Sweeney, Historian for the Town and Village of Homer, to learn more about the beginnings of a school on the green in Homer. This year is the bicentennial of state-approved education in Homer, NY. There has been aRead More →

The corner of Main and Port Watson Streets In 1812 the Randall brothers, William and Roswell, originally from Stonington, Connecticut, came to the little village of Cortland. The enterprising brothers immediately went to work and built a general store on the north corner of Main and Port Watson Streets. The brothers were astute businessmen. They painted the building yellow, and it was thereafter known as “The Yellow Store”. At first, Cortland was a market town but small businesses soon followed. The brothers established distilleries on South Main Street and they manufactured potash. At this time whiskey was a household necessity! It was 15⍧ a gallonRead More →