The McClurg Museum has been the home of CCHS since 1951. The Chautauqua County Historical Society was founded in 1883, making it one of the oldest societies in Western New York State. Since its inception, CCHS has been collecting and preserving the significant history of Chautauqua County. Its mission is to foster an interest in and knowledge of the history of Chautauqua County through the collection, preservation, and interpretation of objects and archives of local significance.
Chautauqua County Historical Society is a member of the Western New York Library Resources Council.