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Our historical Society was established in 1976 during the bicentennial to help save the area's history and promote the understanding of the history of our community. The society purchased the Opera House in 1987 from the Methodist Church. The Opera House was renovated as it was in the period of 1882 to 1907. During that time, it was used as an opera house and a cultural center for the community. 


The Society has also restored a beautiful square grand piano owned by Bessie Marvin; a Cortland resident who was very involved in musical programs held in the Opera House during the early 1900’s.  The piano, which came from Boston and had to cross the Appalachians by ox cart, is on permanent display in the Opera House and is still being used. The building is available for rent for private functions. Rental income helps the society preserve the building for the community. We also make the building available for use by civic and non-profit organizations. 


We are now working to catalog our archives with the help of a grant obtained by the Trumbull County Historical Society. You can visit our collection and collections from many other organizations at CatalogIt Hub.


The Historical Society offices are open on Fridays from 1 to 3 pm or by appointment to anyone interested in Bazetta and Cortland History.   

This month's meeting will be held on Wednesday April 17th at 7PM at the Cortland Opera House at 152 North Park Avenue or 150 North High Street.

This meeting will feature a presentation on “Starting Your Genealogical Research” by Wanda Tolley President of the Trumbull County Genealogical Society.   This meeting will give you an excellent opportunity to learn more about genealogy and the many resources available for research here in Trumbull County.

Our meetings are open to the public and we urge all who are interested to join in the preserving of the history of Cortland and Bazetta. The Bazetta-Cortland Historical Society needs the support of its members to help plan for the future. 

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