The Phelps Community Historical Society (PCHS) is a nonprofit organization that promotes the study of life in greater Phelps and presents its history (past and present) in a variety of public programs and exhibits. We acquire and preserve objects and recorded information concerning the Town and Village of Phelps and have being doing so since 1969. PCHS is governed by volunteers.
PCHS interprets life in Phelps through its museum and exhibits and offers a variety of programs and services to the general public including cemetery and genealogy research. Our events are also listed on this website as Historical Society Events.
NEW . . . Research Fees
The Phelps Community Historical Society (PCHS) relies on volunteer and donations to operate. All genealogy related requests for information need to be made in writing and sent to the PCHS directly. Any mail request from a non-member must be accompanied by the fee of $10.00. ($5.00 fee for Village/Town of Phelps Residents.) Please be specific with your request. Include dates and line of decent for the person about whom you are seeking information. We cannot respond to requests such as “Send me all of your information on the ___________family.” Please send your name, address, fee and for what information you are searching to: Phelps Community Historical Society, 66 Main Street, Phelps, NY 14532.
2015 Board of Trustees: Dennis King, President; Albert Cauwels, Vice President; Barbara Gillespie, Secretary; Tom Cheney, Treasurer; Marge Cauwels, Trustee; Kymberley Maslyn, Trustee; Carl Peake, Trustee; Jane Pedersen, Trustee
Howe House, Phelps NY:
PCHS maintains and interprets two historical buildings in the community of Phelps. The brick constructed, historic Howe House, became the home of the Phelps Community Historical Society in 1999. A two-story outhouse is connected to the Howe House, with entrances on both the first and second floors. Located at 66 Main Street, the Howe House is our main museum and there are both permanent and rotating exhibits including household and farm equipment.
The Howe House is Open to the Public:
10:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday or by appointment throughout the year.
The Howe House is even available for parties, receptions and showers. Rental of PCHS Form
The Country Lawyers Office, Phelps NY:
In 2005, PCHS acquired the “Country Lawyer’s Office”, a one-story red brick building with four white pillars. Built around 1835, this site became well-known after a best selling novel; The Country Lawyer (written in 1939 by Bellamy Partridge.) For almost 40 years, Bellamy’s father, Samuel S. Partridge, practiced law in this building. Currently this building is open on a limited schedule. We have recently refurbished this building for public visitation and use by visitors and the community. Phelps native Mary Hicks Preston purchased both buildings for the Phelps Community Historical Society.
The Phelps Croquet Club
This year the Phelps Croquet Club, started in 1890, marks its 125th year! Since the year 2000, they have met at the Howe House. We are excited to have them start up for the 2015 season. The club plays Thursdays and this year they play from June 25 through August 20.
Historical Society Volunteers and Opportunities
Volunteers are the heart and soul of every program, service, exhibit and event at the Historical Society. New volunteers are always welcome – a few hours a month really do make a difference! PCHS Volunteer Application