Every year, new artifacts are added to the collections of the Lewis County Historical Society through the generosity of individuals, families, businesses and other organizations. While we don’t take just anything, make no mistake, donations of artifacts are the main way in which our collections grow; donations of artifacts are one of the few ways you can help preserve and leave a legacy to the history of Lewis County; and donations of artifacts truly help us to fulfill our mission as interpreters and promoters of Lewis County’s history.
So let us say right up front, thank you for your interest in donating artifacts to the Lewis County Historical Society!
Worthy and important artifacts run the gamut: historical objects; works of fine art or art crafts; documents; books or manuscripts; library materials; noteworthy photographs (both old originals and digital images of them); motion picture film, video and audio recordings; maps; vintage signs; furniture; clothing; tools; memorabilia and other ephemera of local businesses; oral, written and video histories, and/or other items which have been created or used in our local community and geographical area.
We welcome gifts of artifacts that enhance or develop our collections, although please do not send or drop off objects without prior consultation with us. If you have artifacts that you believe would add to the Lewis County Historical Society’s collections, you will first be asked to fill out a lead donation form describing your proposed donation, the history of the item and including photographs and measurements of the artifact.
For more information on how to donate or to obtain a copy of our lead donation form, please contact our Office Manager, Cole Mullin, at 315-376-8957 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or swing by the Temple and see him.
Proposed donations will be reviewed by our collections committee based on their relevance to Lewis County and the Historical Society’s mission, vision and archives and collections approach. You will be contacted regarding the next steps and may also be asked for additional information about your proposed donation.
These coins were given to the directors of the Compagnie de New York, who wanted to create a French settlement in Lewis County in the 1790s. There are a great many “restrikes” of this coin available, but we are looking for one of the original silver jetons.