The first goal of LeRoy Heritage Museum is to collect items which are significant pieces of our history in LeRoy Township and former Barclay Township (Barclay Mountain). The museum is providing a home for hundreds of photographs, artifacts, and pages of genealogical information, which in some cases have been saved from destruction. In addition to the preservation of artifacts and historical records, LHM also encourages local homeowners to preserve and restore their own homes. This is done by sharing information and photos with homeowners in order to help them gain an appreciation for the history of their home. As a result, the community of LeRoy is being restored one home at a time.
The second goal of the museum is to educate the community of LeRoy, and visitors to the area, about the fascinating history of this agricultural community. Visitors to the area have no way of knowing the history of the small communities they pass while traveling through Bradford County to their destinations. LHM provides a center for interpreting the 200 year history of LeRoy Township. A greater awareness of our history will lead to a greater sense of community, and will encourage neighbors to work together to ensure the future of LeRoy.
PRESERVING OUR PAST TO ENSURE OUR FUTURE
"Preserving Our Past to Ensure Our Future." These words are found on our advertising, and you may wonder just what that means.
The answer begins in a common statement that is often heard, "The past is the key to the future." In order to understand what the best decisions for the future are, one need only look at past decisions to see how they shaped past events.
A problem occurs however, in a small community such as LeRoy, when after several years, many of the older residents of the community are no longer with us. Historical information - enough to fill several books - is often lost with these long time community members. This limits the opportunity to understand and interpret the past.
When new people move into town, they don't know the interesting stories and events that occurred, and as such, they probably won't have the same hometown community feeling that our ancestors did.
LeRoy Heritage Museum, Inc.
A local museum such as LHM is the link that connects the present with the past. The work of the museum is important in making sure that the past is not forgotten, which in turn helps to preserve the small town community feeling. The final result of this work is that LeRoy continues to exist as more than just a group of houses that happen to have been built next to each other. Long time residents and new residents will both share the same community pride that our ancestors had.
When you support the work of LeRoy Heritage Museum, Inc., you are helping to preserve our past in order to ensure our future.