Our Mission

Engaging its multiple constituencies, the CCHS promotes an informed perspective on Cortland’s past through the safeguarding and interpretation of the region’s historical resources.

Our Vision

The Cortland County Historical Society will be a vibrant and highly visible meeting place for the discovery and discussion of Cortland’s past through the promotion and stewardship of the community’s historical objects and stories.

Meet Our Staff

Tabitha Scoville


Sophie CloughSophie Clough
Collections and Research Assistant


Meet our Board of Trustees


Jeanette Benton Sherwood (picture on the left), along with the help of state historian Dr. A.C. Flick (pictured on the right), was the founder and first president of the Cortland County Historical Society. She also helped organize the YWCA, the Twentieth Century Club, and the Tioughnioga Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was involved in many other local organizations: the board of the Cortland County Hospital, Home Bureau of Cortland County, Central New York Historians, and a Sunday School teacher at the First Presbyterian Church.

Marty Mack

Charles “Bud” Jermy, Jr.

Deirdre Joyce

Paul Lorenzo


Elizabeth Burns
Judah “Jay” Currie, III
Jean Edwards
Christine Gregory
Ann Homer
Charles “Chip” Jermy, III
Lynne Lash
Karl Ochs
Kate O’Connell
Richard Penoyer

The Cortland County Historical Society was chartered as a museum in 1925 and operates pursuant to New York State Education Law. Selected Sections of the Rules of the Board of Regents (8 NYCRR) may be found here.