The Tioga County Historical Society Museum

The Tioga County Historical Society was founded in 1914. We are a research- and collections-based museum with 80,000 objects (and counting!) in our collections. TCHS serves many audiences within our community, including Tioga County residents; visitors to Tioga County; K-12 educators and students; and researchers, scholars, and enthusiasts.

The Tioga History Museum collections are used in many ways, including:

  • Education: This past year, 5 classrooms from schools around Tioga County visited the museum.  From early learning to high school curriculum, teachers value the age-appropriate lessons that help them meet state learning standards. 
  • Research: The Tioga History Museum is an active research museum. Not only are the collections used by local university researchers, but by researchers around the country who respect and rely on our collections. Family genealogy research is the most popular request from visitors to the Research Center.    
  • Cultural Heritage: The beautiful and unique artifacts that we care for teach us about the past while helping new generations discover their heritage. 


The Tioga County Historical Society was incorporated on July 8, 1914 when a certificate of incorporation was issued by the New York Secretary of State. The Society’s purpose was to collect and preserve articles and items relating to the history of Tioga County and to put them on exhibit.  An article in the Owego Gazette for July 9, 1914 stated that when plans for the Coburn Free Library were made, a provision was made for a room to be used by the Historical Society.  The article also stated: “In the distant future the Society may be in a condition to erect a handsome building of its own”.  The Society’s collections were housed in the library until 1952 when they were moved into the former residence of Miss Minnie B. Wade at 314 Front St. that was bequeathed to the Historical Society. 


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