The Skaneateles Historical Society welcomes you to our web site where you can learn about the history of our Town and Village and view the archival records of the people who lived here almost from the beginning.

In keeping with our mission statement we have assembled many collections of records, photos, newspaper articles and artifacts which are available at our Museum at The Creamery to residents and visitors without an admission charge (donations are welcome). Our goal at the Creamery is to educate and amaze our visitors with outstanding exhibits showing Skaneateles craftsmanship and industry over the past 220 plus years.

Skaneateles Lake is so important to our region, we have dedicated resources to educating visitors on its history and current status. Visitors can learn about our world-famous lake, by using our Lake Model, interacting with its information panel and a large display screen.

Our Research Library is open every Friday for those who wish to research family or local history with the guidance of volunteers who know the archives and how to help.

Come and visit us soon!

Upcoming Events

March Monthly Program Meeting

Charlie Major will present our program on Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. at The Museum at The Creamery.

The School Fire

Where were you on March 21, 1952? Some of you may have witnessed the horror that visited Skaneateles that day--the burning of the Skaneateles High School Building and its total destruction.

Charlie Major was one who has vivid recollections of that tragic day and the challenges that were met to continue the education process here. He was in his senior year and just months away from graduating when the fire broke out. Charlie will be presenting a talk with many actual pictures of the event and the rebuilding of the school, as well as telling his own interesting stories. Come as we revisit that historic day, and if you have stories to recall and would like to share them, feel free to bring them along. See you then!

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