CNY Living History Center

CNY Living History Center

Posted by  //  September 11, 2017  //  Local Business

On June 12, 2012 the CNY Living History Center officially opened to the public.  Our new exhibits for this year are without a doubt, some of the best yet.  Staff, members, volunteers, and many more came together to pull off some of the biggest feats this museum has seen so far.

The Homeville Museum, dedicated to preserving military, railroad, as well as local history, is preparing to unveil one of its most intricate exhibits yet. 2017 marks the centennial year the U.S. entered World War I, and we built a true to life, walk through, World War I trench!  The trench spans about 16 feet long with both walls measuring about 7 feet high and it is complete with everything from sound effects, lighting effects, fake mud, fake rats, and even a mural of “No Man’s Land.”  All of this is to give the visitors a truly immersive experience in order to fully grasp what it meant to “be down in the trenches.”

The Brockway Truck Museum is dedicated to preserving the trucks and the rich history behind the company that got its start in Homer in 1875 and were manufactured in Cortland until 1977.  This year we have set a record with the most number of trucks to ever fit in our display area.  With a total of 12 Brockways on the floor, this year’s display offers one of the most intriguing collections of Brockways the Center has ever put together.

The Tractors of Yesteryear, or TOYS, is a collection antique tractors and farm equipment devoted to preserving the agricultural roots of Cortland that are still strong today.  This year’s display will feature a legendary “Color War” between two of the most popular tractor brands, John Deere versus International.  With a sea of red and green tractors on display, visitors can see what drove the arguments behind this storied “Color War.”

All three of these components that make up the entire CNY Living History Center have come together to create some of the biggest, best, and most compelling exhibits to date!  Come and experience them for yourself!  You can also visit us online on Facebook, Instagram, and at!

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