The Big Flats Historical Society elected its first officers in March of 1971. The purpose of the Historical Society is to:
Promote an appreciation of our heritage by developing and understanding Big Flats history in the minds of all its inhabitants;
Relate the present to the past so that Big Flats citizens may more fully realize the changes taking place about them;
Cooperate enthusiastically with other groups and institutions in projects which contribute toward a higher quality community life; and
Collect and preserve information, documents and objects of historical significance.
Big Flats Historical Society and Museum is a member of the South Central Regional Library Council.