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 any material 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, manufacturing, trade and transportation.  It will collect printed material such as histories, genealogies, biographies, descriptions, directories, newspapers, pamphlets, catalogs, circulars, handbill, programs and posters: manuscripts 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, native American relics and material and 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.  The PHHS will co-operate with state and local governments to help in the preservation and accessibility of the records and archives of the Town of Parma and the Village of Hilton.

The society will disseminate historical information and arouse interest in the past by publishing historical material, by holding meetings with lectures and discussions and by public displays of historical artifacts.



This initial offering of the early formative years of your society is done in what I call a chronological tid-bit format.  That is to say I’m going through past records, some good, some not so good, starting at the first utterance of PHHS and highlighting activities that have now been in a continuous state of growth for nearly fifty years.  Please join me on a regular basis as this is a work in progress.   Ed Gable, Curator Emeritus, PHHS


And in the Beginning..

March 12, 1969:  At the home of Mrs. Dennison Wright, with 25 citizens in attendance, a meeting was held with the purpose of organizing a historical society.  A motion was made and approved to name the group the Parma Hilton Historical Society with a two dollar a year dues.  It was further suggested that the group Incorporate themselves and to that end elected Leigh Wright President Pro Tem along with Shirley Husted as Secretary.  Mrs. Helen Fox was appointed Chair of the By-Laws and Incorporation committee.   And thus  the PHHS was on its way.

April 10, 1969:  The second meeting of the society was held in the Free Methodist Church jn Parma Center.  Helen Fox read the draft By-Laws and amendment request were made and sent back to committee.  The “Purpose” document was read and approved for use.  Mr. Paul Wadsworth was elected Treasurer Pro Tem.  Charter Membership was defined as those active no later than the November, 1969 meeting.

July 6, 1969:  Meeting opened with a reported $84.00 in the treasury.  The By-law committee reported on their revisions and being found acceptable the PHHS By-Laws were approved for use.  A nominating committee was appointed with Mrs. Walter Quinn as Chair.   With the society’s purpose in mind, Shirley Husted moved that the PHHS arrange for a historical display in the Parma Library window.

August 26, 1969:  After a report of the nominating committee their slate was accepted and the first officers and Directors of the society were elected thusley:  President Mrs. Dennison Wright, Vice-President Mrs. Edward Gable, Secretary Mrs. C. J. Koenig and Treasurer Mr. Paul Wadsworth.  As Directors:  I.M. Jones, Mrs. Richard Husted, Mrs. William Watters, Mrs. John Barclay and Mr. David Hooper.  Mrs. John Barclay made a plea for a list of historical artifacts that could be loaned to  the Historical Displays committee to be used at various locations.

October 23, 1970:  PHHS receives it’s Absolute Charter to operate as a historical society from the State of New York Regents.

1980 though 1990’s the society had trouble finding a suitable home for meetings and display of artifacts that continued to grow.  The moved from individual homes, leased rooms in the Village Office building, the West Avenue school and finally the Hilton School Bus garage.  Clearly a definitive plan was needed.

1991:  PHHS, after fund raising and contributions, took on the task of erecting their own building on an unused portion of the Town of Parma campus at the North end.  That original building is now the West end of the current museum.

2001:  The society was again running out of room and the Town of Parma, also needing room for their Historian’s Office and artifact storage and displays, added an addition 80 foot extension of the PHHS building extending to the East and is now the current museum gallery.

2004:  Tom Burger named Town of Parma Historian who later names Don Stilson as his assistant.

2007:  After some delays the Town of Parma Historians office was finished and the move was completed.  In the end the Town took possession of the building, to be used by the Historian and the PHHS for their activities and to be used as a permanent display area.  The town would perform all maintenance and lawns keeping.  Truly a win-win situation that has worked well since this time forward.

2008:  Jim Stilson was brought in to help his brother Don organize the historian’s office and would be come become the Town of Parma Curator as well as curator of the PHHS museum.  This brought a new era of cooperation and successful projects between the Town of Parma Historian, the Village of Hilton Historian and the Parma Hilton Historical Society that exists today.

June 2012:  PHHS launches a community wide program to restore the Dunbar Cemetery that had fallen to decay through loss of maintenance.  A $9,000 budget was realized through local businesses, individual and society donations as well as local trades donating time and skills.

April 2013:  New By-Laws written and approved to bring the society up to current NY State driven requirements and to correspond with current practices.

There’s more… come back again.  /Ed



How Do I schedule a special tour of the Parma Museum?

Call the Curator, Ken Freeman, at his office (585) 392-9496 , leave message with a call back number and name.

Is there Geneology information available?

A limited selection of Family history for the Parma area  is available in our archives. Contact Town/Village Historian, Mr. David Crumb, at (585) 392-9496.

Are there area maps of Parma available for research?

Yes. We have area maps dating back to 1858.  Many are on display in the museum.

Does the society accept gifts to the museum and are they tax deductible?

The PHHS is dedicated to the preservation of local history and very often that includes artifacts for the museum.  We fully understand how important it is to maintain the item and the link it carries to local history.  The PHHS has worked very hard to earn the trust and certification required by the New York State Regents which ultimately directs and assures the safety of these treasured artifacts.  Further, the PHHS is registered with and is doing business as an IRS 501(c)3 and as such donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.  Specifically, the rules prohibit the society from acting as appraisers and we are not allowed to declare a dollar value of any collection, nor can we act as tax advisors.  Questions regarding the offering and need for donated items should be directed to the Curator.  Questions on the tax deductible process and paper work should be directed to the Registrar.



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ANDERSON, MARION                                    KIRCHGESSNER, ARTHUR                        WITTY, ELEANOR

ANDERSON, VICTOR                                     KIRCHGESSNER, EMILY                            WITTY, GRACE

KOENIG, CLARMONT J.                             WITTY, RAYMOND

BARCLAY, BRENDA                                        KOENIG, MARY                                           WONDERGEM, MILDRED

BARCLAY, JOHN                                                                                                                   WONDERGEM, RAY

BENEDICT, ALMA                                            LONT, JOHN                                                 WRIGHT, DENNISON W.

BENNETT, DOROTHY                                     LOUDON, CORINNE B.                                WRIGHT, LEITH L.

BLAIR, AVIS                                                                                                                            WYLAND, Mrs. RAYMOND

BURGER, HELEN                                           MARKHAM, MILDRED

BURGER, THOMAS                                        MC HENRY, KAY                                            ZAMAIRA, Mrs. ANTHONY


CHAPMAN, CARMEN                                     MILES, BARBARA

CLARK, MARGARET                                       MILLER, ELIZABETH

CLEVELAND, NANCY                                     MOGLE, HELEN

COLLAMER, BETTY                                        MURDOCK, Mrs.  ED


CULVERHOUSE, MARGARET                        NEAL, Mrs.  AL


DAVIS, Mrs. CLARENCE                                 NICASTLE, MILDRED


DE MOTT, VIRGINIA                                       PICKETT, FRANK

DOWNS, LAURA                                             PICKET, INA

DU COLON, LEONA                                        PISHER, Mrs. DONALD


FLACK, ARTHUR E.                                        QUINN, EVALYN


FOWLER, Mrs. ROBERT                                 REINSCHMIDT, JOSEPH

FOX, HELEN                                                    RODAS, MARY



GABLE, DOROTHY                                         SCHALK, MADELYN

GARBUTT, JEAN                                             SCHOFF, JAMES

GEISLER, WANDA                                          SILLAY, IRENE

GILLETTE, WM. E.                                          SILLAY, STEPHEN

GILLETTE, Mrs. WM. E.                                  SMITH, Mrs. RICHARD A.

GOODWIN, MABLE                                         SPENCER, A. MILFORD



HAND, JEAN                                                    TABER, MARY A.

HARRADINE, ELEANOR                                 TOMKIEWICZ, VIRGINIA

HARVEY, BARBARA                                        TRABOLD, ARLEAN

HAZEN, STANLEY                                           TWENTYMAN, Mrs. ROBERT


HERSHEY, KATHLEEN                                    UHL, WILBER


HOOPER, DAVID                                             WADSWORTH, C.M.

HOOPER, SHARON                                         WADSWORTH, JEAN

HURLBUTT, ELIZABETH                                  WADSWORTH, PAUL

HUSTED, SHIRLEY                                          WADSWORTH, PHYLLIS

HUSTED, TED                                                  WATTERS, ELIZABETH


JONES, EVA                                                     WAYNE, Mrs. BENJAMIN

JONES, I. MAXON                                            WELCH, RUBY


KEELER, Mrs. KENNETH                                 WILKINS, GRACE

KELLER, BETTY                                               WILLIAMS, ELIZABETH