Local History BooksLocal History & Genealogy

Newfane Free Library has a Local History collection with a limited amount of books dealing with local history and genealogy. The library is also pleased to offer the following collections unique to our library:


On this page you will also find:



Freda Ruff PictureThe Freda Ruff Notebooks

A former Newfane schoolteacher (around 1943-1964), Mrs. Ruff clipped newspaper articles featuring Newfane residents and continued to do so long after she retired. These clippings are organized alphabetically into nine three-inch binders, and are available for perusal anytime the library is open. Janis Gillis, a current Newfane resident, has added two more binders to this collection!

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Picture of Judson Heck, Sr.The Judson Heck, Sr. Notebooks

Jud Heck, along with being an active member of the Town of Newfane Historical Society, was the Town Historian from 1978-2003. During his tenure he clipped newspaper articles that dealt with the town of Newfane and its residents. These clippings are organized by year into forty-nine three- and four-inch binders, with each year being subdivided into catagories such as business, churches, schools, Historical Society, people, tourism, etc. These binders are available for perusal anytime the library is open.

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newfane yearbooksNewfane Central School Yearbooks

The library has a set of NCS yearbooks dating back to 1936. Our set is not complete, and our most recent volume is 2010. Duplicate volumes are shelved in our Local History collection, but our almost-full set is shelved in a separate room, so ask at the front desk for the year you require if it isn't shelved with our duplicates.

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Local Information

Newfane Town Historian

The current Town Historian is Judith Dingeldey, and her office is in the Newfane Town Hall on Main Street in Newfane. Hours are by appointment, and she can be reached by phone either at 778-8531 ext. 114 (any time) or at 778-0228 (9am-7:30pm M-F, weekends only for emergencies) or by e-mail at minnie4@roadrunner.com.


Town of Newfane Historical Society

Van Horn Mansion: Located at 2165 Lockport-Olcott Road in Burt (a hamlet within the town of Newfane), this beautifully restored mansion is open for tours every Sunday from 1-4pm and closed January to March. Call (716) 778-7197 for more information.

Country Farm Village Museum: Located on the corner of West Creek and Ide Roads in Newfane, the buildings on this site are always open for their two festivals - the Apple Blossom Festival held the 3rd Sunday in May, and the Apple Harvest Festival held the last Sunday in September.

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County Links

The History Center LogoThe History Center of Niagara County

215 Niagara Street, Lockport, New York 14094

(716) 434-7433


county historianNiagara County Historian's Office

139 Niagara Street, Lockport, New York 14094

(716) 439-7324


county genealogical societyNiagara County Genealogical Society

215 Niagara Street, Lockport, New York 14094

(716) 433-1033


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