There are almost 1,600 local government historians in New York State. The state historian law requires that a local historian is appointed in each city, town, village. To contact your local historian, refer to the FIND A HISTORIAN list provided by the Association of Public Historians of New York State which is updated annually. If there is a vacancy in your municipality, you should advocate with your local elected officials to have one appointed. 



Federally Managed Historic Sites

West Point Academy Museum

        • Fort Putnam

        • Constitution Island

NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation Managed Historic Sites

Fort Montgomery State Historic Site

Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Site

 New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site

Purple Heart Hall of Honor

Trailside Museum and Zoo at Bear Mountain

Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site

Orange County Managed Historic Sites

Office of the Orange County Historian

        • 1841 Courthouse Archive

Orange County Parks and Recreation

        • Brick House Museum

        • Hill-Hold Museum

        • Neversink Valley Area Museum of History and Innovation

SUNY Orange

        • Morrison Hall

        • Sugar Loaf Mastodon

Museums/ Archives Managed by Towns & Villages

(Cornwall) Sands-Ring Homestead

(Cornwall on Hudson) Village Museum

(Deerpark)1863 Huguenot Schoolhouse and Town of Deerpark Museum

(Maybrook) Maybrook Railway Museum and Caboose Visitor Center

(Minisink) Town of Minisink Historical Commission (cabin and museum)

(Montgomery) Village of Montgomery Museum at Wesley Hall

(Wawayanda) The Pines Museum

Museums in Orange County

Gomez Foundation for the Mill House

Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

Motorcyclepedia Museum

        • Velocipede Museum

Museum Village at Old Smith’s Clove

Orange County Farmer’s Museum

Orange County Firefighters Museum

Patent Model Museum

Pine Bush UFO and Paranormal Museum

Port Jervis Firemen Museum

Rest Haven, Inc

Storm King Art Center

Historical Society Type Membership Organizations

Bull Family Association

        • Bull Stone House

Chester Historical Society

        • 1915 Erie Station

Cornerstone Masonic Historical Society

        • McGarrah’s Tavern

Cornwall Historical Society

Drowned Lands Historical Society

Florida Historical Society

        • The Green House

Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands

        • Crawford House Museum and Archive

Historical Society of Middletown and Wallkill Precinct

        • Edwin Welling Van Duzer Memorial House

Historical Society of Walden and Wallkill Valley

        • Jacob T. Walden House

Maybrook Railway Historical Society

Minisink Valley Historical Society

        • Fort Decker Museum of History

Middletown and New Jersey Railroad Historical Society

Monroe Historical Society

        • F86L Sabre

Mount Hope Historical Society

        • Eleazer Harding House

National Temple Hill Association

        • Last Encampment

        • Edmonston House

Orange County Historical Society

        • Clove Furnace

Ontario and Western Railway Historical Society

Seward Mapes Homestead

Tuxedo Historical Society

Warwick Historical Society

        • 1810 House

        • Baird’s Tavern

        • Buckbee Center

        • Carriage House

        • Ketchum House

        • L&H Caboose Visitors Center

        • Old Baptist Meeting House

        • Old Union AME Church

        • Shingle House

        • Sly Barn

Woodbury Historical Society

        • The Gatehouse

Other History Membership Organizations

Brigade of the American Revolution

        • 5th NY Volunteer Infantry Regiment

        • 3rd NY Volunteer Infantry Regiment

        • Lamb’s Artillery Company

Constitution Island Association

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Minisink Chapter

        • Old Stone Schoolhouse

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Quassaick Chapter

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Old Mine Road Chapter

Friends of the Colden Ruins

Friends of Hathorn House

Friends of Hill-Hold and Brick House

Friends of the Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands

Incorporated Orange County Chapter of the NYS Archaeological Association

Newburgh Preservation Association

Orange Blossoms 124th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Orange County Genealogical Society

West Point Chapter of the Company of Military Historians

Regional Advocacy Groups that Cross into Orange County

Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance

Mid-Hudson Historic Destinations

Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society

Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

Public Libraries in the County with Dedicated History Rooms

Cornwall Public Library

Goshen Public Library and Historical Society

Thrall Public Library District of Middletown and Wallkill

Montgomery Free Library

Newburgh Free Library

Port Jervis Free Library

Tuxedo Park Library

Albert Wisner Public Library Warwick

Moffat Library Washingtonville