The role of the Niagara County Historical Society, also known as the History Center, is to promote the cultural heritage related to the Erie Canal and the rich history of Niagara County. The Society provides educational opportunities through multi-media programs, written publications, and museum tours while maintaining an archives and artifact collection. The society works cooperatively with other organizations to accomplish its goals.
The Niagara County Historical Society Complex presents a glimpse of area life in Niagara County over the last 175 years. The Outwater Memorial Building, 215 Niagara Street, Lockport, NY, is the headquarters for the Society. The Erie Canal Discovery Center is part of the Niagara County Historical Society Museum Complex. This 1863 brick home features a Victorian parlor, historic pantry, old toy room, the Civil War Room and a changing exhibit room.