The Ontario County Historical Society, a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation was established on December 4, 1902 when it received its Charter from the Regents of the State of New York (no. 01549). Its operation is governed by a Constitution, By-Laws approved by its membership.
I am first and foremost a historian who focuses on the creation of educational opportunities. I also strive to be a community builder. If I am not at the museum I am likely supporting a local business or relaxing with my cats. Cat parent of Clark and Norman.
Wilma T. Townsend
As Curator at OCHS for over 30 years, I strive to provide excellent care and management of the museum’s sizeable collection of artifacts, photo images and archival materials, collect items that reflect the history of all people in our county, and present exhibits that tell local stories in the greater context of regional and national history. Married with two adult children, I enjoy camping with my family, reading, knitting, needlework, and playing my cello in the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra. Cat parent to Cinder, Ella, and Maggie.
Director of Education
I was originally born in the south but grew up nearby in Penn Yan. I gained a love of history in college while studying at Brockport and received my degree in history there. I am excited to be a part of the Ontario County Historical Society and teach people about our fascinating local history. Cat parent to Salem.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees has 15 members and meets the second Tuesday of each month. As the Society’s governing body it is responsible for policy that governs the Society and the museum. Members are elected with 3 year staggered terms in November of each year. Executive Committee members serve one year terms and are elected by the membership each November. Activities of the Board are governed by our Bi-Laws and Constitution.
Board of Trustees
2022 Executive Committee
President: Chris Hubler
Vice President: Charles Parkhurst
Treasurer: Tricia Carey
Secretary: Carole Lillis
Receptionist: Barbara Hill
*Librarian: Linda Alexander
*Curatorial Research: Judy Kiehle
*Research Coordinator: Betty McMahon
*Facilities Support: Gene Rogers
Website Support: TLC for Coaches
* Volunteer position