The Town of New Scotland Historical Association preserves, protects and promotes history in the Town of New Scotland through the stewardship of material culture directly related to the town. Our purpose is to promote an appreciation of local history, heritage, and culture through research, publications and educational programs.
The Town of New Scotland Historical Association was chartered by New York State in 1975 to preserve the history of the Town of New Scotland and make it available to the public. The Association operates the New Scotland Museum which has permanent exhibits on the Geology and History of New Scotland. The museum displays one major new exhibit on an aspect of New Scotland History each year and several smaller exhibits. Local elementary schools make annual field trips to the New Scotland Museum a valuable part of their local history curriculum.
Each year the Association presents a popular series of programs on topics relating to the history and culture of the Town of New Scotland. Other historically themed events and field trips are also held from time to time. The association conducts and supports local projects promoting history including scholarships, historic markers, resource surveys, and oral histories. The association promotes historical and genealogical research and makes its documents, photographic resources, and book collection available to the public, for use at the museum.
The Association publishes its Newsletter, The Sentinel, quarterly. It is filled with articles on New Scotland history and the reminiscences of longtime local residents. The Association has cooperated in publishing other historical materials including a book, New Scotland Township, part of the “Images of America” series.