Join & Support

Membership | Volunteer | Donate

Support Education. Support Preservation. Support History.

For a small fee you can make a commitment to join our Society, which helps us expand our resources and preserve our collections. Membership is open to anyone, and all members receive our quarterly newsletter, which contains the latest news from the Society, along with various historical stories and research.

Because we believe that the Society can do so much to enrich the lives of people who are associated with our community, we have tried to make our dues as affordable as possible. Annual memberships are valid from January 1st through December 31st. You are encouraged to renew your membership prior to each January, so that you will not miss any society mailings or notices in the new year. All dues are tax deductible to the full extent provided by law.

Join/ Renewal Form

Please help us preserve local history by becoming a member of the Society. You can purchase memberships securely on-line by clicking on the membership level link below. You can also complete our membership form (pdf) and mail it in.

$10 - Individuals annually

$10 - Family annually

$100 - Lifetime (individual)

-Choose Membership Level-

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Our membership year runs January 1st - December 31st. You do not need to be a Newfane resident. Lifetime memberships are per person, and cannot be shared or passed on to others.


"Volunteering is an antidote to pessimism. It helps you see that no matter how small, you can do something about the problems around you" - Sheryl Ziegler, child psychologist. Volunteering teaches empathy, gratitude, respect for others, and teamwork. These are vital for all ages to be reminded of, and is often a great mood booster as volunteers enjoy the time they have spent helping their community.

Get Involved
From those who make history to those who read about it, our society encourages everyone to get involved. History is exciting and fun, and there are many ways that you can help us bring the past to life. Please consider donating an hour or more of your time each month. We could really use the help!

We rely on volunteers of all ages, cultural backgrounds, and levels of experience to accomplish its mission to document, preserve, and interpret local history. No matter your interest or schedule, there is a place for you at the Newfane Historical Society. Volunteer experiences range from on-site activities, such as staffing of the Van Horn Mansion and Country Village, scanning photographs, data-entry, guiding walking tours, and presenting programs to local groups.

Adults ages 18+

Adult Application Form

Youth Volunteers
All interested candidates ages 12-17 must complete and submit a Youth Application form (no one younger please). Please note: a parent or guardian must sign this before participation in the Volunteer Program. **Volunteers ages 12-13 must participate with a parent or guardian during their volunteer shifts.**

Youth Application Form

We thank all our donors for enabling us to continue developing and enhancing our collections in meaningful ways.

Monetary Donations

It is because of the vital support provided by dedicated members and donors, that the Society has been able to collect, preserve and share the priceless evidence our past and heritage. Your unrestricted donation will ensure that our stories, and those of our ancestors, are told for generations to come. Your support is deeply appreciated and tax-deductible.

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Your property or discoveries will be given a permanent and safe home, preserving them for future generations and making them accessible to all. Please Note: while we are grateful for donations, due to storage space, duplication, and a myriad of practical reasons, we cannot accept all historical items offered.

Please contact Jill Heck (716) 390-9679 or email at

Gifts & Bequests

To learn more about gifts and bequests to The Newfane Historical Society, please contact Jill Heck (716) 390-9679 or email at