About the Ontario County Historical Society

The Historical Society

The Ontario County Historical Society is a 501(c)3 Not-for-Profit Corporation that was established in 1902. It owns and operates a museum and research center located in the Historic District in Canandaigua, NY, which is the seat of Ontario County and part of New York State’s Path Through History. OCHS operates on public donations, membership dollars, and limited public and private grants. This includes an annual operating donation from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, with the support from the New York State Legislature and Governor Kathy Hochul.

Mission and Vision


To nurture and add value to a county-wide community by preserving and presenting our historic collections in a way that provides accessible educational opportunities and encourages dialogue. 


To be a culturally inclusive partner, inspiring our future through interpretation of our past.