LeRoy Historical Society - page 1

Volume XXVI
Number 1
23 East Main Street • PO Box 176 • Le Roy, New York 14482
The Vision
The LeRoy Historical Society is cele-
brating its Seventy-fifth Anniversary.
It is a proud moment and it provides
an opportunity to reflect on the past,
but more importantly, it gives us a
chance to make plans for the future.
Several years ago, the Board of Trust-
ees adopted the following vision
statement. It continues to guide the
The LeRoy Historical Society will be - -
*Recognized as a leading example
of a local historical society.
*Known by its sister institutions for
its outstanding education program-
*Second to none in the quality,
depth and preservation of its collec-
tions relating to the life and times of
*Structured to offer students and
historians a modern, up to date ac-
cessible and well-managed library
and archival facility.
*Recognized as a leading cultural
center – one that significantly en-
hances the quality of life in the im-
mediate community as well as in
Western New York.
By keeping this vision in focus the
LeRoy Historical Society will, through
its actions, policies, programs, and
strategic planning, insure a positive
direction for the future.
Presidents of the
LeRoy Historical
Roy P. McPherson 1940-1948
John E. Johnson
Frank Willard
Stanley Crocker
Ruth M. Keeney
B. F. Dewey
Seely F. Pratt
Albert F. McVean 1973-1975
James Perrone
Keene Bolton
Lynne Bellusco
June Dusen
Sandi Howard
Joanne Graham
David Frost
Danette Grayson
James Cuddeback
Suzanne Jones
G.E.D. Brady
Marguerite Green 1998-2000
Donald Gepfert
Loren Wetzel
Tony Gugino
Jim Newkirk
Susan Doemling 2011-2012
Daniel Cote
The Charter
In New York State, schools, libraries,
public broadcasting, archives, and
museums have to be chartered by
the Board of Regents of the Univer-
sity of the State of New York - USNY
(not to be confused with SUNY ie the
State University of New York).
The Regents was organized in
1784 to oversee the establishment of
Kings College, now Columbia Univer-
sity and other colleges. The Board of
Regents was to be comprised of the
governor, the lieutenant governor,
the speaker of the assembly, the at-
torney general, the secretary of state,
the mayors of New York City and Al-
bany and two representatives from
each county as well as representa-
tives from the religious community.
Eventually that changed.
In 1844, the Regents assumed re-
sponsibility for the New York State
Library and the following year, the
State Museum. (Ingham University
received its charter from the Board
of Regents in 1857.) In 1889, the Re-
gents began to oversee all libraries
and in 1892 all museums were re-
quired to register. Once chartered by
the Board of Regents, the Historical
Society becomes incorporated as an
educational institution. The process
is a little more complicated today, but
provisional charters are first issued,
and then when requirements are
completed, the institution receives
its absolute charter.
The LeRoy Historical Society re-
ceived its provisional charter in 1940
and its absolute charter in 1945. To
meet its responsibilities, it has a col-
lections policy, by-laws, an elected
board of trustees, and submits an an-
nual report to the Regents.
Officers and Executive Committee of the LeRoy Historical Society 1940. Seated:
A.F. McVean, Vice President; R. McPherson, President; Mrs. A.R. Davis, Treas; Mrs.
C.A. Chapman, Secretary; Mrs. J.A. Kenny, Curator;Standing: E.M. Perkins; H.B.
Ward; S.C.Wells; Ruth Keeney; Adrienne Sanderson.
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