Historical Society



Cathy Saunders
(585) 519-6897



Susan White



Rhea Walker
(585) 335-5312



Jim Smith
(585) 455-2651



Paul Moore


Barbara Moore
(585) 335-8215


Lyle Moore
(585) 335-8215

Formation and Early Settlement

In September of 2007, the Town of Ossian Historical Society was established with a noble mission: to safeguard the rich heritage of Ossian, NY. At the core of our efforts lies a deep commitment to preserving the historical essence of our town for generations to come.

Barn Restoration Project

One of our noteworthy endeavors has been the meticulous restoration of historically significant barns in Ossian. Through painstaking work and unwavering dedication, we have successfully returned one such barn to its original, glorious state. This achievement not only preserves our agricultural heritage but also serves as a testament to the community’s commitment to honoring its past.

Educational Outreach

To ensure that the story of Ossian continues to be told, we periodically issue newsletters that delve into our town’s history, featuring captivating stories and insights from the past. These newsletters serve as a valuable resource for both residents and history enthusiasts.

Public Programs and Events

The Town of Ossian Historical Society is firmly committed to promoting awareness and appreciation of our local history. To this end, we organize and support programs that are open to the public. These events provide opportunities for everyone to engage with our town’s rich heritage, fostering a sense of unity and pride within our community.

Not-for-Profit and Tax Exempt

The Town of Ossian Historical Society operates as a not-for-profit organization, dedicated solely to the preservation of Ossian’s history. We are proud to hold tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This designation reflects our commitment to transparency, accountability, and our mission’s importance in the eyes of the law.


c/o Ossian Town Hall
4706 Ossian Hill Rd
Dansville, NY 14437

Contributions and Deductibility

As a tax-exempt organization, the Town of Ossian Historical Society relies on the generosity of supporters who share our passion for preserving history. We are pleased to inform you that contributions made to our society are deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. Your support enables us to continue our vital work in safeguarding the heritage of Ossian, NY.

The Ossian Library: A Tribute to Literature, Community, and Connecting Through Stories

Embrace the literary treasures that await you at The Ossian Library. Let these pages transport you, inspire you, and unite our community through the enduring power of stories.

  • A Literary Haven for All

    The Ossian Historical Society proudly presents The Ossian Library—an ode to the written word and a testament to community spirit.

  • Discover the Joy of Reading

    Nestled in front of the Ossian Town Hall, The Ossian Library is a welcoming sanctuary for book enthusiasts of all ages. Borrow, contribute, or return a book; it's a place where sharing the magic of literature fosters unity.

  • Diverse Selection for Every Reader

    Our carefully curated collection spans genres and interests, ensuring that everyone can find a captivating story to enjoy. From young readers to seasoned book lovers, there's something here for everyone.

  • In Memory of Lisa Martello McGown

    The library carries a heartfelt dedication to Lisa Martello McGown, a cherished daughter of Domenick and Ann Martello. Her memory lives on in the pages of the books she loved.

  • A Gift to the Community

    The Ossian Library is a gift to our community, offering the solace and inspiration of books, free for all. It's a place where literature connects hearts and transcends boundaries.d.

Become A Member

Are you passionate about preserving the rich tapestry of Ossian’s history? Join us in our mission to safeguard our town’s heritage by becoming a valued member of the Ossian Historical Society.