About Us


Lima Historical Society was founded to collect and preserve Lima’s history, its architectural structures, and its culture to educate and inspire people today and tomorrow.


The Lima Historical Society, formally organized in 1972, is made up of a diverse group of individuals of various ages, backgrounds, and interests. The common denominator is the desire to preserve and pass on the memory of Lima’s history, and to help protect the small-town historic character of the town.


The Historical Society operates the Tennie Burton Museum located at 1850 Rochester Street in Lima. The museum is open on Sundays, June thru September, from 2:00 to 4:00pm or by special appointment. A large collection of records, photos, books, and objects relating to the town’s history are stored and cared for by a dedicated group of volunteers. The museum houses permanent and rotating exhibits. You may make special arrangements for research of our historic families, organization and building files, as well as tours throughout the year. To make special arrangement Click Here To Contact Us.


Members of the society also consult with and provide information to the Lima Historian, the Lima Historic Preservation Commission, and the Lima Planning Board as requested. In addition, they offer assistance to the members of the public doing genealogical and other types of research and they provide occasional museum internships for qualified high school and college students.


Board meetings are held once a month all year long and are open to the public. Check our calendar if you would like to attend a meeting.

General meetings are held four times a year, featuring speakers on various topics relating to local history. The public is welcome to attend as well and admission is free. Again check our calendar to attend a meeting.

Special events are held periodically through the year, such as progressive dinners, country dances, hands-on craft workshops, wine tasting events, children’s fun and field days, ice cream socials, children’s summer day camps, and old-fashioned holiday parties at the museum. Check the front page of the web site regularly to see what event may be coming up next. If you subscribe to the site you will automatically receive an e-mail notice whenever we update or add a new event. Please remember all our events our sponsored and facilitated by our members who are volunteers. Events happen only through the efforts of these volunteers which we appreciate very much. If you would like to volunteer to help with an event or even become a docent in our museum please feel free to contact us.

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The Society also has organized community betterment projects such as the restoration of several of the town’s historic cemeteries, and the commissioning of architectural renderings of Lima’s historic downtown building facade.

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Funding for the society’s operations, particularly those associated with maintaining our historic Tennie Burton Museum, is provided by membership dues, donations, memorials, organizational fundraisers, and annual support from the Town of Lima, for which we are most grateful.

Our most popular and profitable fundraising events are our cookie baking event at Christmas time and our annual Garage Sale. Our organization can only exist if we have the funds to support the Tennie Burton Museum. The dedicated volunteers who serve the Lima Historical Society. You can be part of this organization as easily as filing out a membership form. Click Here To Go To Our New Membership Page.

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President: Matt Lenahan
Vice President: Unfilled
Treasurer: Fran Gotcsik
Recording Secretary: Barbra May
Corresponding Secretary: Mary Jule Welch
Trustee: Barb Kolstee
Trustee: Hildegarde Turk
Trustee: Michael Leavy

Membership: Gail Fuller
Buildings & Grounds: Duane Fuller
Preservation: Frances Gotcsik
Publicity: Martha Sempowski
Museum Committee: Unfilled
Education: Unfilled
Ways and Means: Unfilled

Programs Director: Matt Lenahan
Yellow Wasp Editor: Martha Sempowski
Lima Historian: Joyce Rapp
Web Master: Duane Fuller

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