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Mailing Address:

500 West Main Street

Smethport, PA 16749

Museum location:

502 West King Street

Smethport, PA 16749

Hours of Operation/Office:

Tuesday through Friday 11 am to 4 pm

Hours of Operation/Museum: Seasonal

April, May, September & October:

Tuesdays & Thursdays 1 – 4 pm

June, July & August:

Tuesday - Saturday 1 – 4 pm

The McKean County Historical Society, incorporated in 1902, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving and sharing the stories of McKean County.

Since 1924 the Society has operated a museum. Artifacts include the Emery Lewis weapons collection, Civil War items and early industry pieces. It is open from April to end of October, for 100 scheduled days; other times by appointment.

Since 2001 the Society has provided humanity’s programming highlighting historical events.

The Society maintains eight display cases in the courthouse and has an annual display/mini museum at the County Fair.

The Society is managed by a board of nine directors and four officers. The daily tasks are seen to by a staff: executive secretary, secretary and maintenance person. Volunteers assist with tours, maintenance, displays and other needs. Over the winter months the museum is closed; time is spent organizing for the next year and keeping up with correspondence and research.

Resource to the Community:

Local museums provide a positive effect on society, using history, art & culture to celebrate a collective heritage. They preserve the legacy of the areas humanity, chronicling both the good and the bad, and serve to enrich the lives of countless visitors, making the world a more enlightened place for present and future generations.

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