Chautauqua County Historical Society

Moore Park
NYS Rts 394 & 20
Westfield, NY 14787
Phone: 716-326-2977
Christie Herbst -

Chautauqua County Historical Society


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.


Albion Winegar Tourgee Collection

Albion W. Tourgee (1838 - 1905) was a Civil War veteran, politician, and lawyer. He played a pivotal role in the Plessy v. Ferguson case and was a pioneering civil rights activist. This collection includes his correspondence, as well as legal documents, articles, and photographs.