Dryden Town Historical Society, Tompkins County, New York

About Us

The Dryden Town Historical Society was organized in 1981, and has grown to over 185 membership families.  We are a not for profit organization chartered by the State of New York Education Department. The Society has worked diligently to preserve the heritage of the Town of Dryden.

The information gathered is shared with the people interested in the Town of Dryden history through our interesting programs open to the public, exhibits at the History House and now the exciting opportunities presented with the Southworth House, slide talks presented at schools and organizations, and walking tours at historic locations.

The growing collection of objects, documents and photographs is available as a historical resource.  Our expanding genealogy collection is used to trace family histories.

The History House opened in1990 and is the center of our organization, but the heart of our organization is our members, with their continuous support and interest in the history of the Town of Dryden.


Mary Ann Sumner, President

Gina Prentiss, Vice President

John Kiefer, Treasurer

Shirley Price, Recording Secretary

Harry Weldon, Corresponding Secretary

Elizabeth Gutchess

Dr. Bob Jacobson

Mike Murphy

Joan Shroyer-Keno

Betsey VanSickle

David Waterman


The objectives of the Society shall be the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge about the history of the Town of Dryden in the State of New York.

 More particularly, it’s objectives shall be:

  • To discover and collect any materials which may help to establish or illustrate the history of its exploration, settlement, development, and activities in peace and war, and their progress in population, wealth, education, arts, science, agriculture, manufacturing, trade and transportation;
  • To provide for the preservation of such material and for its accessibility, as far as may be feasible, to all who wish to examine or study same, and to encourage the preservation of historical and/or genealogical documents and records, structures and artifacts;
  • To cooperate with other historical agencies.