The Newfield Public Library and the Newfield Historical Society have partnered to open a “History and Activity Center” at 192 Main Street!  
We’ve both been looking for ways to expand the services we provide and improve access to community resources and this opens up the possibilities.

Starting April 24th, members of the Newfield Historical Society will be available on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 10 am until 2 pm at the new space located at 192 Main Street (next door to the library.) For Library activities check our website or stop in!

The space is about 1,000 square feet and was previously part of the Red and White grocery store and later served as the post office.  There is a large living room in the front which will be used as meeting space and a large kitchen in the back.  Both groups will offer programming and have meetings in those spaces along with other community groups.  The kitchen will be used for cooking classes and demonstrations and serve as a video and audio recording studio to enable virtual and recorded programs like podcasts and interviews.  The Historical Society will have exclusive use of two large offices which will double their current space.  The walls throughout the common areas will display Newfield’s history.  Once the archives are moved to the new location, the 2nd floor of the library will be reconfigured and offer a much larger space for library programming and meetings.

There are several opportunities for community members to get involved.  Monetary donations can be given to the library and designated toward “project funds”.  There is a wish list at the library for household items that can be donated.  You can also volunteer your time and skills to help with small projects and future events.  
The library and historical society would like to extend a special thank you to:

  • The Brown Family
  • The Lawrence E. and Lillian C. Payne Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Tompkins County
  • The Newfield Masons
  • Tioga State Bank
  • The American Library Association – Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries national grant
  • Finger Lakes Library System
  • The Town of Newfield
  • Michael Perehinec at Coughlin and Gerhart LLP
  • Gabe Dean
  • Jerry Mickelson and Debbi Payne
  • Jeremy Tenwolde
  • The McCarty Feirman Family

Your generosity and support have made the Newfield History and Activity Center possible. Please enjoy this video created by the Newfield Middle School!