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.

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The Heritage Center is now closed on Wednesdays through next Spring, 2018. For any inquiries, please email us at or contact us through our Facebook page

Current officers of the Association:

    • President: Francie Potter
    • Vice President: Kathy Premo
    • Secretary: Marilyn Frisina
    • Treasurer: Sue Schreiber Kalman
    • Corresponding Secretary: Eileen Shabala
    • Trustees: Mel Duggan, Jim Hitchcock, Marge Geise, Margaret Parker, Charlene Sendlakowski and Tom Stetz.


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.

Meetings & Events

Sunday, October 15th at 2PM

Olean native and long-time street car and railroad enthusiast Larry Kilmer will speak to us about the history of the street cars that ran in our area from the 1860s to 1927.

Please join us at the AAHA Center, 25 N. Second Street, to hear Larry fill in a forgotten part of Allegany's history and to see some of the railroad artifacts he will bring with him.

Sunday, November 19th at 2PM

Mr. Bob McCoy will give a short presentation on Allegany's Main Street Businesses, including the Allegany Hardware and other neighboring businesses.

Please join us at the AAHA Center, 25 N. Second Street, for this nostalgic step back into the history of Allegany's Main Street.

Saturday, December 2nd from 9:30AM thru 2PM.

Our Annual Christmas Cookie Sale will be held at Nature's Remedy, 120 West Main Street, Allegany.

Sunday, December 3rd at 2PM

Our 35th annual Community Christmas Service will be held at the AAHA Center, 25 North Second Street. The service will be conducted by Rev. Daniel Buringrud, Pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church. A collection of money and paper products will be taken to benefit Genesis House, the homeless shelter in Olean.

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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