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NYS Grange MuseumThe New York State Grange Museum was chartered June 9, 1995.  It is located at 122 Clinton Avenue, at the entrance to Grange Place in Cortland NY 13045, adjacent to the New York State Grange Headquarters.

It is where artifacts and information about the Grange in New York State is on display.  At the present time the Museum is only open during select periods of time (see the "Information" page for days), especially when a major event is taking place at Grange Headquarters.  It may also be open to groups upon making prior arrangements.

Please see NYS Grange Museum - Memorial Brick Project for a current listing of bricks that have been installed or are scheduled to be installed.  Newly purchased bricks are installed several times a year.

The Museum Board has designed a Christmas Ornament to sell which is the beginning of a series of the Founders of the Grange.  It was available at State Session for $8 each.  For those wishing to purchase one but were unable to attend State Session they can be ordered for $8. each plus $5. for shipping and handling.  There is a stand available for an additional $3. if you are interested. To order send a check in the amount of $13 each (or $16 each with stand) (made out to NYS Grange Museum) to Roland C. Shea Sr, 4672 Bear Path Rd, Munnsville NY 13409. For further questions you can E-mail rolandc@dreamscape.com. There is a limited number of these made so they will become a collector's item.

This year's ornament is of Oliver Hudson Kelley who was one of or the founder of the Patrons of Husbandry, the Grange. Moving to the Midwest in his twenties, he eventually settled in Itasca, MN.  There he took up farming and was a progressive if not successful one.  Later Kelley went to Washington, DC to work in various government offices during poor crop years.  There he met other men of similar ideals and together they formed the Grange officially on December 4, 1867 and Kelley served as first secretary until November 21, 1878.  He was married twice and had four daughters.  He passed to the Grange above on January 20, 1913.

Below is a picture of the front and back of the ornament (it is enclosed in a box.)

2014 NYS Grange Museum Christmas Ornament Front 2014 NYS Grange Museum Ornament Back

 

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