Historical Society

Town of Kirkwood Historical Society
Schoolhouse #2
Veterans River Park, 303 Main St.
Kirkwood, NY 13795

Scott Ferguson, President

Overview

According to a press report by Robert Cleary dated August 30, 1982, an announcement was made that efforts were underway to establish a historical society for the Town of Kirkwood.  By January 1983, regular monthly meetings had begun under the guidance of Marion Nolan to start collecting and studying materials. Additionally, a constitution and bylaws were drafted so the historical society could be formally recognized.  Membership grew quickly with over 100 members.  By April 1984, the society applied for Charter Membership with New York State and the first official slate of officers were elected.

After meeting at several sites during its formative years, the Society is now permanently located in Kirkwood Schoolhouse #2 (Pictured Above), which is located at 303 Main Street in Kirkwood Village (shared entrance with Veterans River Park).  This building was deeded to the Kirkwood Historical Society on October 8, 1994, by Bill and Dorothy Diffendorf.

About the Schoolhouse

As best as we know, the schoolhouse was built in the 1840s-1850s and used regularly until 1958.  Besides being used for educational purposes, the building was the hub of the community and most notably used as the distribution site during World War II for food ration stamps.  It was briefly occupied in 1960-1962 because the Susquehanna School District had a surge of students and needed additional classroom spaces.  However, a there was a fire in 1962 and it was closed permanently.  The schoolhouse sat vacant for 33 years until it was deeded to and ultimately restored by the historical society.

 Meeting and Membership Information

The Kirkwood Historical Society meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from April - December.  Meetings take place in the basement community room of the schoolhouse starting at 5:30 p.m.  The public is welcome and encouraged to attend any of the regular meetings and events.  Membership is available to anyone interested in becoming more involved and dues are collected annually.  

Ways to Support KHS

  • Become a Member and Volunteer
  • Donate a monetary gift in memory or in honor of a loved one
  • Consider donating or lending items that pertain to Kirkwood's history
  • Attend events and fundraisers for the Kirkwood Historical Society