Chemung Co. Historical Society

415 E. Water St., Elmira, NY 14901 - United States





The Chemung County Historical Society is home to the Chemung Valley History Museum and the Booth Library. Learn about the history of Chemung County through interactive exhibits, public programs and research. We currently have a permanent gallery of local history and a new transportation exhibition titled Getting Around.


In the Valley of the Big Horn: A History of Chemung County
This exhibit tells the history of the county from the earliest days of settlement by Native Americans through the end of the 20th century. Come and explore important events from the county’s past through objects, historic images and hands-on actives.

Mark Twain’s Elmira
This exhibit focuses on the people and places that the author knew during his time here. The exhibit features artifacts used by Mark Twain and his family and historic images of Elmira during the late 1800s.

Getting Around
There are many ways to get from Point A to Point B-on foot, by bicycle, in a car, on a jet. Each mode of transportation has its own rich history. Learn how people have been getting around over the past two hundred years and about the cultural and economic impacts various types of transportation have had on Chemung County.


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