The Pictou County Historical Society was formally established in 1963, with the support of the Rotary Club of New Glasgow and the Women’s Institutes of Pictou County, for these purposes:
~ to collect and preserve historical data, records and objects significant to the history of Pictou County.
~ to enable the erection of markers, monuments, gardens, parks and memorials commemorating historical events and personages of Pictou County.
~ to establish, maintain and operate a public historical museum in Pictou County
~ to promote and undertake the objectives and purposes of an historical society.