Museum & Offices
The Interlaken Historical Society looked at many buildings in and near the village searching for ground floor space to house both museum display areas, a library area, workroom and storage space. That space was found in the front portion of the Trumansburg Telephone Company building at 8394 Main Street. We doubled our display area, added library space, lots of storage space and an office. The storage area includes over 2500 cataloged items, and 3,300 photographs and glass plate negatives. Many of these items are used in rotating displays and on-going displays about life in the Village of Interlaken and surrounding areas. The work of remodeling the space took over six months and many volunteer hours. We opened our new door on Olde Home Day 2008. Click here to see more about that special day.
The displays at the Farmers’ Museum include items from all aspects of 19th century farming. Starting small with two rooms when the Museum opened in 1991, the Farmers’ Museum now has four rooms telling the agricultural story.
Among the thousands of items in our collection we have historic documents from the late 1790s to the present day, books, flags, Indian artifacts, early American tools for home and farm, clothing from many generations, dolls, and military items. Items not on display are available to aid in research. Shown below are a few of the Indian Artifacts from the area. This exhibit is used by the local Scouts in their study of Indian Lore.
Photographs & Index
The collection of over 2,200 photographs and 1,100 glass plate negatives have been indexed by topic and description. Topics include agriculture, buildings, churches, hotels & inns, houses, streets & roads, lake scenes and pictures of individuals to name a few.
With our new museum space we hope to have a wall of pictures each year to bring back memories and share items from these collections. In 2008 the theme was Celebrations.
Research and Writing
Using materials in our collections, and other sources a number of articles have appeared in our newsletter over the years. Listed below are a few that we have also posted to the website.
Also in the category of research and writing are histories of several local organizations, and these are part of our website as well. Grange History, Covert Baptist Church click on the organization name for a quick link to these picture articles.
The Mission of the Interlaken Historical Society is to:
· establish, maintain and operate museums and a research room for the promotion of local and area history.
· collect and preserve items and books of historical, literary and artistic interest to our community
· publish articles, pamphlets, periodicals and works of historic or literary significance to our area.
· encourage the use of our facilities and resources for research.
· promote the dissemination of historical information through modern technology.
· carry on activities usually associated with a historical society, particularly relating to the history of southern Seneca County and the community of Interlaken.
In order to carry out that Mission, the Interlaken Historical Society needs your help. Do you have pictures of places, events and the people of Covert, Interlaken and southern Seneca County? Do you have memorabilia of events, or pieces of history that you feel should be stored and displayed in a place where others can appreciate and learn from them?
When the Historical Society received a 1930 wedding gown, we were allowed to copy this picture of the bride on her wedding day. Having as much information about a donated piece will make it easier for us and future generations to interpret the piece more fully.