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About the Society

The Newfane Historical Society was established to educate the public on the history of Newfane and Olcott in Niagara County, and its place in the history of New York and the United States. It's an all volunteer community-based organization that formed in 1975 and is a non-profit educational society.

A Letter from our President:

I am very excited to be the newest President of the Historical Society here in Newfane. I grew up in Newfane and have lived most of my adult life here. Many of you remember my late mother, Nancy Neidlinger Taylor, the longtime Town Clerk. My Uncle, “Jr.” Neidlinger sold cars at Howell Motors when it was located in the Pow Collison building many years ago. I enjoy reading and listening to stories of our great town’s past, and still have a lot to learn. I am relatively new to the society and have found the members hardworking and knowledgeable. We are always looking for new members that bring their talent to our society.

Thank You,
Bill Neidlinger, President


Our Mission

The society's mission, drawn from its certificate of incorporation, is as follows; The Town of Newfane Historical Society exists to:

Structure and Funding

The Newfane Historical Society is a non-profit organization that depends on gifts, membership revenue, volunteers, and other earned revenue such as admission fees, to serve the communities of Newfane and Olcott. Private gifts from individuals, businesses, foundations, and organizations help support the society’s educational programs, special projects, and general operations.

The Society publishes a quarterly newsletter. It receives its main funding through the town of Newfane, grants, membership dues and fundraisers including the Van Horn Mansion tours and rentals, and the Apple Blossom & Harvest Festivals held each Spring and Autumn.

Society Officers and Trustees

President: Bill Neidlinger

Vice President: Kevin Luckman

Secretary: Janet Capen

Corresponding Secretary: Melissa Schaeffer

Financial Secretary: Rosemary Miller

Treasurer: David Steggles

Trustees: Vicki Banks, Janet Capen, Bill Clark, Keegan Connolly, Steve Goodman, Chuck Manhardt, Terry Manhardt, Bill Ott, Craig Schaeffer, Mindi Schaeffer, Rose Schaeffer, George Updegraph


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