The Pelham Historical Society
The Pelham Historical Society was established in 1975 with the objective of encouraging interest in and knowledge of the historical heritage of the Town of Pelham. To accomplish this purpose, the Society has researched Pelham’s past, collected artifacts and documents for preservation, and disseminated the information collected by public meetings, displays and publications. From 1997 it has done this work in close partnership with the Pelham Public Library.
The library has provided space for the Society’s collection and archives – space in the Fonthill branch basement open to researchers by appointment with the guidance of a Pelham Society member and space for a cabinet of vertical files of genealogical information on the main floor. This cabinet also contains news clippings, notes and articles on many aspects of Pelham’s history.
The Society maintains a display case for exhibiting photographs, documents and artifacts from its collection in the foyer of the Library.
The Library also partnered with the Society in a project to digitize some of the Society’s records. The Pelham Historical Calendar, which contains research and personal memories about the Town collected and published from 1977- 2001, and material from the Pelham High School yearbook between 1933 and 1950 can now be accessed online: http://vitacollections.ca/pelhamlocalhistory/search