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New Fund to Support Allegany County Historical Society


The estate of Wellsville’s Lee Gridley leaves the gift of history

The Allegany County Historical Society (ACHS) has established an endowed fund with the Allegany County Area Foundation (ACAF).


The Allegany County Historical Society Fund has come about through the generosity of long-time ACHS member and trustee Lee Gridley. Lee appreciated history – she studied it and taught it and was deeply committed to preserving it for future generations. Through a generous bequest in her estate, Lee has enabled the ACHS to establish this permanent fund, which will provide a steady, annual income to support the Historical Society and its programs.

The ACHS motto is ‘A Story Worth Telling … A Heritage Worth Preserving.’ Through its collections at the ACHS center in Andover, the Society has photos, articles, records, and artifacts that tell of the lively history and interesting characters of Allegany County, from native cultures to river communities to oil, agriculture and industry. ACHS also supports the county’s many local history organizations in their work.

Learn more about this outstanding resource at

ACAF currently holds assets of $11M and manages 70 scholarship and grant funds. Contributions to the Historical Society Fund can be made online or by mail (ACAF  6087 State Rt 19 Belmont NY 14813). For information on establishing a new fund, contact Bruce Campbell at ACAF via or 585-296-5616.

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