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The Sidney Historical Association

The Sidney Historical Association is a local non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, archiving, and sharing of the history of Sidney, NY. The team of Trustees, Officers, and volunteers at the association, dedicate their time and skills to enrich the Sidney community through the preservation of its past and putting on educational events for the residents.


Museum Access Updates

Beginning with the implementation of Phase Four in the Southern Tier, the Sidney Historical Association located at 44 Grand Street, Sidney, NY, will only be open by appointment. To make an appointment visit our website or email us at

While in the museum, masks must be worn and social distancing must be maintained. No more than three people will be allowed in the museum at any given time. Thank you for your cooperation.


What’s In The Museum

Local Newspaper Archives

1882 – Present

History Books

Local History & Local Authors

Genealogy Section

Military Uniforms

Old Local Yearbooks

Arrowhead Artifacts

Maps, Posters, Vintage Photos

Local Obituaries Archive

Bendix / Amphenol History

And Much, Much More

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Sidney Historical Association
44 Grand St
Sidney NY, 13838

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Check Out Our Book

Nestled in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, Sidney has hummed with economic and industrial activity since its founding by Rev. William Johnston in 1772. Over the years, the town has been home to a silk mill, glassworks, cheese factory, car factory, and many other businesses. Notable figures such as New York State Police captain Daniel Fox, actor Tom Mix, newspaper editor Arthur Bird, and even Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt have lived in or spent time in the town. Today Sidney’s civic buildings, places of worship, recreational haunts, and transportation routes continue to reflect the town’s long, dynamic history. Traced within the pages of this book, a poignant collection of historical photographs chronicles the town’s evolution through the 19th and 20th centuries, and on through the devastating flood of 2006.

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Online Archives & Services

Image Archive

The history of Sidney, NY told through images

Newspaper Archive

A digital archive of Sidney’s local newspapers

Genealogy Search

Dig up your family’s history with our records

Audio Archive

The history Sidney, NY told by those who live it