President: Nelson Schwartzentruber
Vice President: Jim Lathan
Dues are $5.00 per year, $10.00 family per year or a Life membership for $50.00
Dues should be sent to:
Martinsburg Historical Society
P.O. Box 17
Martinsburg, NY 13404
Meetings are held the last Tuesday of each month at the
Historic Town Hall unless otherwise indicated. All interested
people are invited to attend.
Treasurer: Mary Kelley
MHS Society's 1st 2021 Meeting- March 30, 2021 (Do check- due to COVID it may or may not be an in-person or a Zoom meeting)
Martinsburg Historical Society Golf Tournament:
August 7, 2021
Cedars Golf Course
"Twins Wide Open"
August 14, 2021 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Town of Martinsburg Historian
Sue Adsit Office Hours 1-4 pm on Tuesdays or call 315-376-7219 for an appointment.
The William H. Bush Memorial Library welcomes researchers to look through scrapbooks,
notebooks, and old news articles during regular library hours.
The William H. Bush Memorial Library also has a "Museum Room" which can be opened upon request.
Mon: 10:00 am--6:00 pm
Wed.10:00 am-6:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Sat: Not open at this time.
The Martinsburg Historical Scoiety has many holding that can be searched. We will add more materials as we get time to list them. However, the following is available:
Shells, D.W. / Wells, R.F. History of Hatfield, Mass. 1910
Keys, Robert L. / Lathan B. The Conkey Family of Pelham Mass. 2004
Lathan B. /Salem Society The Salem Book(copy) 1896
Lathan B. Folders Revolutionary War Vets 2012-14
War of 1812
Spanish / American War
White, William E. Tin Whistle Tune Book 1984
Rodeheaver Hall – Mack Co. Sociabilty Songs 1928
Christmas Song Book UK UK
Lathan, Bette/Jim Autograph Album W. Ingersoll 1884
White,D.F. Oneida County 1998 “””
Joslyn Paul D. Mostly Memories 2015 “”
Family Information available:
Rowsam/Wakefield/Weller Pa’s Book/Miles Dening
Jarecki Family History Conkey Family
Hazen Family John Mungo
McGrath/Ryan/Gleason Moore 1919 to present
Robert & Patrick Peebles Hall (D. Waugh)
William Seymour Henry Whitner
Stafford ( 2 ) Rev. Yale
Questions about Martinsburg History may be addressed to:
Sue Adsit POB 22
Martinsburg, NY 13404
First Lewis County Clerk's Office
The First Lewis County Clerk's Office is the "official home" of the Martinsburg Historical Society (MHS). The building was used by the MHS until the society was able to purchase the building in 2011. Once the purchase was complete the society began major work on the building. Through findraisers and donations the society was able to stabilize the building by putting on a new roof, insulation, new windows, electrical work. and a new ceiling. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Sites. The building is open every Martinburg Day, used for society meetings, open on Wednesdays -summer and fall, noon to 4:00 pm and every Tuesday, 1-4 pm. The building is available at anytime by appointment through contacting Sue Adsit, historian. Please watch for scheduled open houses and special programs.
Due to Covid we were unable to hold our annual Martinsburg Day and showcase our beautiful building. We did try to open on Wednesdays thanks to our president, Nelson Schwartzentruber. We are hoping to have Martinburg Day this August 2021 and once again use our building and have it open for the public and special programs.
The COVID pandemic has had an impact on the Martinsburg Historical Society as it has on everyone’s life. The society moved forward in spite of it and accomplished some significant items in 2020.
As we move ahead into 2021, the society is enthusiastic that the new year will have many opportunities to continue the momentum that has inspired members over the past several years.
A major project for the new season is to complete the restoration of the Staring Cemetery on Pansy Hill, the last cemetery in the township to be finished. Artisan Engraving has been engaged to restore the broken monuments that are lying on the ground. The Town of Martinsburg Highway Department has cleared and improved the road leading to the cemetery providing easy access to the grounds. The town is also providing funds to help offset the cost of the restoration.
West Martinsburg Mercantile owner, Kim Gracey, has provided an outlet for the sale of the society’s many books. Mrs. Gracey’s generosity is appreciated by the society.
It is the hope of society members that annual activities can be reinstated in the new year. The society is always looking for new members. Information on membership can be found on this website.