Allegany Area Historical Association

The Association was established during the community's Sesquicentennial celebration of 1981 for the purpose of collecting materials and artifacts pertaining to the history and development of the Allegany area. The Education Department of the University of the State of New York granted an Absolute Charter on December 10, 1987.

Click here for a membership application (pdf)

Current officers of the Association:

    • President: Francie Potter
    • Vice President: Kathy Premo
    • Secretary: Marilyn Frisina
    • Treasurer: Alice Altenburg
    • Corresponding Secretary: Marion Elling
    • Trustees: Mel Duggan, Jim Hitchcock, Marge Geise, Margaret Parker, and Charlene Sendlakowski.


The Association's permanent meeting site and shelter for historical artifacts is in the former United Methodist Church located at 25 N. Second Street in the village of Allegany. The church, a local historical landmark, was constructed in 1855 by the Methodist Episcopal Congregation, one of the earliest religious societies in the village. The Association now owns the building. The layout of the church has been preserved, including the original pews and pulpit.


Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 2PM

We will meet to hear a talk by Cattaraugus County Judge Michael Nenno about the former Grosstal/Ski Wing/Wing Hollow Ski area. He will bring some things about Grosstal from his collection and many local skiers are lending some of their items to help illustrate a bygone era of Allegany’s history. Judge Nenno skied at Grosstal for many years and has many stories about the area.
A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Buffalo Law School, Judge Nenno sits in County, Surrogate and Family Courts, and has served for 25 years as an Acting full-time Supreme Court Justice. Many will remember that Judge Nenno had a private law practice with Judge Paul Kelly, with their office being on Main Street in Allegany.
Please join us for what will be a very entertaining afternoon.


Research Materials

NEW LINK - See Allegany Citizen Newspaper Articles from 1896 to 1976 (Click below)

Allegany Citizen Digital Archive Link

Tales of War and Confinement from World War II is a book containing letters from Richard (Richie) Boser and Clemens (Clem) Martiny written to the editor of the Allegany Citizen during the Second World War. Mr. Boser served in the European theater of action, and Mr. Martiny was with the Seabees in the South Pacific. Their letters were researched as an Eagle Scout project by Amit Patel of Allegany. The book also has a letter written by N.V.V.F. (Van) Munson detailing his experiences as a German prisoner of war. This book sells for $6.00, plus $3.00 shipping and handling.

A third printing has been done of Our Allegany Heritage, 1831-1981 , our orginal book about the history of Allegany, New York. This soft cover edition sells for $10.00, plus $2.50 shipping and handling.

Either book can be obtained from: The Allegany Area Historical Association, PO Box 162, Allegany, New York 14706. Checks should be made to A.A.H.A.. Expect 2 weeks for delivery.

How to contact AAHA

For further information write to:
Allegany Area Historical Association
P.O. Box 162
Allegany, NY 14706
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