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 Historical Building WILL NOT BE OPEN for any programs or visitors UNTIL NEXT SPRING.

We plan to start holding regular meetings with speakers in March of 2022

NOTE: Due to ongoing concerns regarding Covid-19, it has been decided that AAHA will NOT be reopening for the rest of the year. There will be no open Wednesdays this summer, no fall programs or meetings and no Christmas cookie sale or community Christmas service. However, we will continue to send out our newsletter as usual, and we will accept one on-one requests for anyone needing to visit the Center for information. Please message us on our FACEBOOK PAGE or E-MAIL US for an appointment.

Help Wanted! Immediate opening for newsletter editor. Francie Potter has been doing the newsletter for over 20 years, and at age 85 she thinks it’s time to pass it on to someone else. Francie will continue to do it until a new person is found and will offer all the help needed. We do four issues a year – March, May, September and October. We have lots of resources at the Heritage Center to use for story ideas. If you are interested, contact Francie at

We are also looking to put together a phone list of people interested in helping, when needed, to clean the center, file materials, and other necessary things that need to be done to keep us going. Contact us at to let us know if you would be able to join in this effort.

Current officers of the Association:

    • President: Francie Potter
    • Vice President: Charlene Sendlakowski
    • Secretary/Treasurer: Sue Schreiber Kalman
    • Corresponding Secretary: Eileen Shabala
    • Trustees: Alice Altenburg, Jim Hitchcock, Marilyn Frisina, Margaret Parker, Kathleen Premo 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.

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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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