“The spirit and direction of the Nation are founded upon and reflected in its historic heritage; the historical and cultural foundations of the Nation should be preserved as a living part of our community life and development in order to give a sense of orientation to the American people… the preservation of this irreplaceable heritage is in the public interest so that its vital legacy of cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, economic,
and energy benefits will be maintained and enriched for future generations of Americans.”
—1966 National Historic Preservation Act
The above quote expresses our Society’s desire to leave a legacy for our community that honors our place in American history. As such, we hope to inspire you to help us keep alive our heritage as a “living part of our community life.”
The Montezuma Historical is a not-for-profit organization (501c3) comprised of members who are dedicated to preserving the history of the area. Programs are offered seasonally between May and October at the Historic Mentz Church in Montezuma, NY. Monthly board meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 1:30 PM at the Historic Mentz Church (May-October) and the Montezuma Town Hall (November-April)
The Montezuma Historical Society fosters local community pride in our heritage to ensure that our history will be preserved and appreciated for generations to come. We are committed to encouraging public interest by sponsoring historical meetings, educational programs, and supporting preservation of our historical resources.
Through the preservation of the Historic Mentz Church, the Montezuma Historical Society will educate and inspire the Community to share our history and the importance of its Erie Canal Heritage.