Training Session: June 19th @ 5:30pm

Have a knack for deciphering hard-to-read cursive? Then we need you!
Help us transcribe the 1910 census to add to our HistoryForge database!
By combining historic maps and photos with census records of the people who lived in Cortland County, we can create a unique way to visualize the history of our community in the early 1900s.
Didn’t attend the information session? Not to worry! We’ll tell you everything you need to know at this training session.
Access to a personal laptop preferred.
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Main Street Walking Tours are back! You are invited to join Kate O’Connell, City of Cortland Historian and Cortland County Historical Society trustee, to explore Cortland’s downtown business district. With her wealth of knowledge and passion for local history, Kate will share stories about the unique architecture and people that have shaped downtown Cortland over the years.
This walking tour is perfect for both longtime residents and visitors who wish to learn more about Cortland’s rich history. It’s your chance to gain a deeper understanding of Main Street’s storied past.
We’ll start the tour at 2 North Main Street (Bailey Place Insurance) at 9:30am. This tour will go on, rain or shine. Be prepared for construction areas and wear good walking shoes. The average length of this tour is one and a half to two hours. You might want to support our local businesses and enjoy a fabulous lunch at one of the many downtown restaurants when the tour wraps up—you’ll be hungry!
To reserve your spot, please call 607-756-6071 or email A suggested $10 per person donation will support the Cortland County Historical Society. We’re looking forward to sharing life in the past lane with you!

Current Exhibits

We invite you to visit the Suggett House Museum at CCHS for the exhibit opening of “Suspended in Time: Unraveling the Lives Women Left Behind,” a new exhibit featuring the history of women as evidenced by the work they left behind. There are samplers, textiles, paintings, taxidermy, and recently conserved schoolgirl maps on display, all of which can be utilized to learn more about the women who created these unique and wonderful objects.
You will see the items recently featured in our Museum Mystery Challenge, and you can check our our Then & Now Children’s Room. Admission to the Suggett House is always free.
Light refreshments will be served.
Parking is opposite our building on both Homer Avenue and Maple Avenue. The entrance to the building is on the Maple Avenue side.

Lunch & Learn

Wednesday, Jun19, 2024   12PM – 1PM
The Magic of the Nile: A 1901 Journey through Egypt, presented by Gail Bundy
From 1901 to the mid- 1940s, Harry C. Ostrander traveled the globe, photographing far-away places, and reproducing the images on hand-painted glass slides. He was one of several famous providers of “travelogs” who criss-crossed the United States sharing photos and stories with audiences in museums, schools, churches, and social clubs. He spoke in Cortland County while visiting his sister in Homer, and he is buried in Glenwood Cemetery. His family has recreated his 1901 trip down the Nile River, using digitized images from his own hand-painted glass slides and his own words from newspaper travel articles. Come and share a journey down the Nile River in a pre-cinema, pre-television and pre-internet era; when people learned about the world from photos and stories of traveling story tellers. Presenter Gail Bundy is the great niece of Harry Ostrander.
Bring your own lunch if you wish, and we’ll provide dessert and a beverage. Parking is across the street from our facility on Homer Avenue and Maple Avenue. Seating is limited, but you can sign up ahead of time by emailing us at or by calling us at 607-756-6071
Admission to this event is free.



Submissions from the 2023 Photo Scavenger Hunt: