The Fenton Historical Society of Jamestown, N. Y. better known as The Fenton History Center, operates in the beautiful Italian villa-style mansion built for New York State Governor Reuben E. Fenton (1819-1885) in 1863. Reuben Eaton Fenton was one of a class of developers and entrepreneurs, newly affluent in the mid-nineteenth century. After securing his fortune in lumbering and financial investments early in life, Fenton spent most of his adult years in political office. Moving from Town Supervisor to U.S. Congressman to Governor of New York and U.S. Senator, Reuben Fenton became one of the most famous citizens in the history of Chautauqua County.
All members receive these basic annual benefits:
- Unlimited complimentary admission
- Unlimited access to museum library
- Museum gift shop discount
- Members only e-mail updates
- Subscription to quarterly museum newsletter
Receives basic benefits
Receives basic benefits PLUS two one-time guest passes, reduced fee for Fenton programs, collectible membership card and special gift
Receives Senior benefits PLUS access to educator area online
Receives Individual benefits PLUS unlimited complimentary admission for two adults plus children
Receives Family benefits PLUS membership in Genealogy Support Group and limited edition FHC poster
Friend of Fenton $250
Receives Supporting benefits PLUS four one-time guest passes and two special gifts
Senator’s Circle $500
Receives Friend of Fenton benefits PLUS six one-time guest passes, lunch with Executive Director or genealogy expert and a behind the scenes tour of Fenton History Center for four people
Governor’s Circle $1,000
Receives Senator Circle benefits PLUS tea party for you and 9 closest friends
Today, the Fenton History Center provides a rich resource for:
Education – to facilitate over 10,000 student visits, provide speakers for many community groups and create new after school programming and adult education
Museum - to research, build, and install at least 3 exhibitions per year, to continue to collect and preserve the permanent collection, and to maintain our largest artifact – the Governor’s 1863 mansion.
Library - to enhance computerized access to the collection materials, provide an on-line catalog to the reference library and to provide genealogy materials for a wide variety of researchers.
Facility – to support operations of the 12,000 sq. ft. Mansion and 4,350 sq. ft. off-site storage and the newly acquired Forest Avenue property.
At the Senior (65+), Individual or Educator membership level:Receive (1) Fenton History Center Key Chain
At the Family membership level:
Receive (1) Fenton History Center tote bag
At the Supporting membership level:
Receive (1) Fenton History Center tote bag OR (1) pair of tickets for a cruise on the Chautauqua Belle (Chautauqua Belle tickets in limited supply.)
At the Friend of Fenton and above membership levels (pick two):
(1) Fenton History Center key chain
(1)Fenton History Center tote bag
(1) pair of tickets for a cruise on the Chautauqua Belle Steamboat (Chautauqua Belle tickets in limited supply.)
To enroll or renew please either:
download the membership form
(and mail to the address below)
Send name, address and telephone number along with your check to:
Fenton History Center
67 Washington Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
Join or renew online at the Fenton Museum Shop
Become a Business Member.