The Frontenac Historical Society was founded on March 21, 1974, by nine members of the Springport Bicentennial Committee who saw a need for increased awareness of local history. Within a year, this active organization was offering programs and speakers of general interest, researching local genealogy and had begun a collection of artifacts of local interest for a planned museum. The collections were opened for tours in October of 1976.
In 1994, the society was able, through the generosity of the First Presbyterian Church of Springport, to move to its permanent home. In 1995, the Society added “and Museum” to its name in recognition of the changed status that its new home has brought to its collections.
On December 15, 2000, the Frontenac Historical Society and Museum was granted an absolute charter as a museum by the Board of Regents of the State of New York recognizing the museum’s responsibility to serve the towns of Aurelius, Fleming, Ledyard and Springport, as well as the village of Union Springs. As such, we are obligated to follow their best practices. A copy of these best practices is available in our office. Additionally, we are obligated to report to this department our activities annually via a format prescribed by the department. We are registered with the Charities Bureau of NYS. We are also governed by our own Constitution and By Laws.
Membership today numbers almost 600. The museum continues to flourish through contributions and dues from members and the community, both individuals and businesses. Additionally, the Town of Springport and the Village of Union Springs contribute annually to the museum. The museum also completes grant requests as appropriate from local foundations.
Museum’s Statement of Purpose:
Preserve and honor the past, provide an appreciation of present day history and provide guidance for molding the youth of today and future generations to come.
Serve as the focal point to further the interest and study of local history, develop a sense of community pride and enrich our lives and our surroundings.
Through our coordinated skills, band together civic, church, youth and school groups and encourage positive communications among them.