Parma – Hilton Historical Society
Established March 12th, 1969
Chartered in Albany October 23, 1970
Society Meeting House Building was constructed in 1995 on land located at the Parma Park 1300 Hilton Parma Corners Rd. North Entrance. A portion of the museum, the Museum Curator’s Office, Rest Rooms and Storage Garage are housed in this Facility.
Museum Addition was added in 2003. The Museum displays and the Office of the Town of Parma Historian are located in this portion of the Facility.
The purpose of this society shall be to bring together people interested in history, and especially in the history of the Parma-Hilton area. Understanding the history of our community is basic to our democratic way of life, gives us better understanding of our state and nation, and promotes a better appreciation of our American heritage.
The society’s major function will be to discover and collect materials which may help to establish or illustrate the history of the area: its exploration, settlement, development and activities in peace and war; its progress in population, wealth, education, arts, science, agriculture, manufactures, trade, and transportation. It will collect printed material, such as histories, genealogies, biographies, descriptions, gazetteers, directories, newspapers, pamphlets, catalogs, circulars, handbills, programs and posters: manuscript material such as letters, diaries, journals, memoranda, reminiscences, rosters, service records, account books, charts, surveys, and field books; and museum material such as pictures, photographs, paintings, portraits, scenes, aboriginal relics and material objects illustrative of life , conditions, events and activities of the past and present.
The society will provide for the preservation of such material and for its accessibility, as far as may be feasible, to all who wish to examine or study it, to co-operate with officials in insuring the preservation and accessibility of the records and archives of the county and its cities, towns villages and institutions and to undertake the preservation of historic buildings, monuments, and markers.
The society will disseminate historical information and arouse interest in the past by publishing historical material in the newspapers or otherwise; by holding meetings with pageants, addresses, lectures, papers and discussion; by marking historic buildings, sites, and trials; and by using the media of radio and television to awaken public interest.
The society will co-operate with the state historical society ( State historical commission, or state department of archives and history) to collect and preserve materials of state-wide significance so that these materials can be made available to students and scholars.