Livingston County Historical Museum

Approaching the Museum as a Collection Item


  • Client: Livingston County Historical Society
  • Contact: Anna Kowalchuk, Museum Director, Livingston County Historical Society, 30 Center Street, Geneseo, NY 14445, 585-243-9147
  • NYSHPO Contact:Christine Capella-Peters, Outreach Unit, 315-492-1756

Scope of Project

  • Heritage Preservation Collection Assessment Program (CAP) Assessment
  • Historic Structure Report

This project is featured as an example CAP grant by the Museum Association of New York (MANY).

Funded in Part by:

  • Heritage Preservation
  • A grant from the NYS Office of Parks,
    Recreation and Historic Preservation
    through Title 9 of the Environmental
    Protection Act of 1993
  • Preserve New York, a grant program of
    the Preservation League of New York
    State and the New York State Council on
    the Arts

Key Personnel

  • Clinton E. Brown, FAIA, President
  • Jill Nowicki, Historic Preservation Specialist

Additional Information

cbca-livingston-county-historical-museumFounded in 1876, the Livingston County Historical Society is one of the oldest organizations dedicated to preserving the heritage of Western New York and operates the Livingston County Historical Society Museum in an 1838 former schoolhouse building of cobblestone construction. The Museum’s collection is rich in history, telling the stories of the 17 towns within Livingston County. Exhibits currently occupy the majority of the facility.

In 2009 CBCA completed a historic building assessment for the Museum under the Heritage Preservation Conservation Assessment Program in collaboration with Conservation Consultant Barbara Moore.

In 2010 CBCA completed a Historic Structure Report (HSR), funded in part by an EPF grant from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and a Preserve NY grant from Preservation League of NYS.

A HSR provides a comprehensive plan to guide the Society in their on-going stewardship of the National Register-listed property, reflecting both the short and long-range goals of the Museum. The report is being utilized in fundraising campaigns.

LCHS is currently working on implementing the recommendations from the HSR report starting with the repair and stabilization of the main roof structure. The team is continuing to develop the long-range rehabilitation plan which includes an expansion strategy for the Museum.