On Saturday, October 2, from 10 – 11 a.m.,

the Cortland County Historical Society, at 25 Homer Avenue,

presents its first episode of TIME TRAVEL.

TIME TRAVEL is a read-aloud/activity program that aims to engage young readers in a greater understanding and appreciation of local and American history.

On October 2, we’ll feature the book Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Ann Wilsdorf (Penguin Random House). CCHS’s very own Sophie C. will read about another redheaded Sophie who adopts a squash from the farmers’ market. A representative from Cornell Cooperative Extension will talk about the history of growing squash in our region and its importance in local Native American agriculture. Each child will receive a pumpkin or squash to decorate and take home.





FREE AND OPEN TO ALL CHILDREN AND THEIR CAREGIVERS. Future episodes will take place on the first Saturday of the month from 10-11 a.m. Stay tuned for November’s book, How Chipmunk Got Tiny Feet: Native American Animal Origin Stories










October 6, 2021. 12:00 – 1:00 pm.
In-person only! (limited seating)
call Cortland County Historical Society 607.756.6071 to register
Christine Barnes will present
“The History of Chair Caning”

On October 6, you can catch “The History of Chair Caning” with Christine Barnes at CCHS. This program is strictly an in-person event with a very limited number of seats available. Call us at 607-756-6071 or email us at info@cortlandhistory.org to sign up.



October 20, 2021. 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Zoom Only! (will be presented from Chad’s shop)
call Cortland County Historical Society 607.756.6071 to register

Chad Sopp will present
“A Historical Look at Clocks”

October 20 we will use the power of technology to visit Chad Sopp in his antique store in Dryden to learn about clocks. You will need to register for this virtual-only talk and get a link to join the fun. Call us at 607-756-6071 or email us at info@cortlandhistory.org to sign up.



November 3, 2021  12:00 – 1:00 pm
Zoom only!
call Cortland County Historical Society 607.756.6071 to register

Jenny Shonk presents
“How to use the HeritageQuest database”





Join us on Saturday, October 16, 10:30 am-noon for a

 Walking Tour of Historic
Downtown Cortland

led by the City of Cortland Historian ~ Kate O’Connell 
$10 suggested donation, call Cortland County Historical Society
at 607.756.6071 to register




October 20, 2021, at 6:30 pm
In partnership with the 
Cortland Community Center
Cortland County Historical Society presents

Chuck D’Imperio discussing
his new book
Open House: 35 Historic Upstate New York Homes

**The program will be held at the Cortland Community Center**

masks will be required
for more information call CCHS at 607.756.6071
90 Central Avenue
Cortland, NY 




 Thursday, October 28th, 6:30 pm 
at the Cortland County Historical Society 

Haunted House 101
(seating limited)


Unexplained noises, cold spots, and ghostly figures are usually the stories we hear from folks who ask us for help with paranormal activity. You might be surprised at the number of people who turn to us to find out if their house is haunted. So, what does Cortland County Historical Society have to do with haunted houses? Actually, we often have the resources you need to find out if someone died in your house (which we ALL know increases the chances of a haunting!).

Ghost hunting is one of our favorite diversions at CCHS. Do you have an unexplained phenomenon happening at your house? Or are you just curious about who lived there before you? We might be able to help you find some answers! We are offering a Haunted House 101 workshop on October 28th at 6:30 pm for people interested in exploring the history of their homes. Houses in Cortland, McGraw, and Homer tend to be a little bit easier to research because we can use city directories to help trace the ownership of a house through the years. If you are in a more rural area, we can still try to help.

There is a fee for this adventure, and we only have 8 spots available. To learn more or to reserve your place, call us at 607-756-6071. We are looking forward to helping you solve your supernatural mystery!