The Clinton Historical Society began in 1962 and was located over the Kirkland Town Library in rented quarters. Meetings were held there, and it is where the Society’s collection was partially stored. The CHS moved to a new location in 1994. Using bequeathed and donated funds to remodel it’s new location at One Fountain Street, the Society turned the former Clinton Baptist Church into what it is today. Now, a library has been set up, artifacts are on permanent display on the lower level, storage facilities have been built, and 100 chairs for meetings were donated by the School Town Questers group. The libarary is open for the public to view the exhibits. The staff is all volunteers. For library hours, click here The newsletter is published 10-12 times a year to keep the members informed.

Our Mission

To collect, preserve, document, research, and interpret the Clinton community’s past for today and future generations, and to make it’s rich heritage readily available to the membership and general public through programs, exhibits, and publications.

Our Archives

  • Several years of the Clinton Courier
  • Pictures of buildings, people
  • Framed photos and framed paintings
  • Maps of Kirkland and Clinton
  • Large artifacts on display such as Lithia water, iron ore implements, business signs, etc.
  • Apothecary Shop – beginnings of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
  • Records of Kirkland public schools including yearbooks
  • Records of various Clinton private schools
  • Clinton church records
  • Ice hockey
  • Business signs
  • Chenango Canal and Utica, Clinton, and Binghamton Railroad materials
  • Family Records-genealogy
  • Sunset Hill & other cemetery records
  • Hamilton College yearbooks and other items
  • Over 50 scrapbooks, indexed
  • 1846 to 2002 Clinton Courier on microfilm
  • Obituaries
  • And many more items!

The Clinton Historical Society is a qualified not for profit charitable organization recognized by the New York State and the IRS. Contributions are 100% tax deductible under IRS regulations per section 501(c)(3).