The Cornwall Historical Society, incorporated in 1965, seeks to preserve, promote and present the history of Cornwall and its people. The Society believes that awareness of its unique cultural, economic and social history enriches the Cornwall community and strengthens its sense of self, both in its own right and in the context of state, national and world events.
The Society’s collection is housed in a former Victorian carriage barn. CHS produces summer exhibits and programs on historical themes of interest to the local (and the wider) community. Its publishing program reaches out to a broader audience of historical researchers and includes reference materials such as town meeting minutes, census and vital statistics.
In 2003, CHS launched an effort to connect Cornwall’s history and the lives of its people to larger regional and national events. It adopted a long-range plan, reaffirmed its mission and, essential to the management and use of its growing collection, hired a part-time curator. The Board next tackled the need to renovate its deteriorating building. With the capital campaign and renovation completed in 2009, CHS now offers a museum-like setting for Cornwall’s artifacts and exhibits while retaining the building’s historical Victorian façade.