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The Chester Historical Society was founded November, 1964.

Chartered by the New York State Board of Regents as a nonprofit education corporation.


Our mission is to:

Promote the rich heritage of the Village and Town of Chester, New York through the acquisition, restoration and preservation of its historical places, documents and recordings of oral history; provide educational programs for school children, community organizations and all those individuals interested in local folklore and history; and exhibit collections of artifacts, pictures, newspapers and recorded oral histories to the general public.



We also operate the 1915 Erie Station, Chester’s Local History Museum,

which is open 9 am - 1 pm Saturdays May - October







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Chester Historical Society membership application.

To join us, click here!

A few items from the Chester Historical Society collection (photos, manuscripts, books, artifacts, documents, news clippings, etc.) have been posted with extensive descriptions visit the Hudson River Valley Heritage.

Or, check our Calendar of events:

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