Early in 1973, an handful of fiddlers and friends within the Adirondack foothills of Central New York state got together for the very first time for the “Fiddlers’ Picnic” By the summer of 1975, the picnic had grown to tremendous proportions and had settled itself permanently in Osceola, New York. The group of founders had also grown and had become the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Association, which in the spring of 1977 became incorporated.
The goal of the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Association is to preserve, promote and perpetuate the art of old time fiddling and the dances pertaining to this art.
It was then decided to establish a North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum Institute as a means of obtaining this goal.
In 1976 the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum was established.
In 1981 the first building to house the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum Institute was purchased. It is located in a rural setting in the sparsely populated town of Osceola, in Upstate New York.
An historical building was selected—well over a hundred years old. The building continues to be maintained in a state of good repair. A new solid porch has since been added to the building and the three-car was remodeled into the Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame, while the remainder of the building houses the museum, board room, office, storage room and bathrooms.
In 1982 a board of trustees was formed to take some of the work load off the board of directors, and was later replaced by a single administrator.
The Board of Directors of the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Association Inc. is a non-profit organization, and the directors meet on the second Saturday (Tuesday in the summer time) of each month.
A pole barn and stage were built in 1994 for the purpose of holding Sunday concerts and major Events running from spring to fall. In 1998 the pole barn was enlarged, a new stage and brick patio added. The complex was then named “The Fiddlers’ Pavilion.” Two new bathrooms were added to the outside of the hall of fame and a parking lot was built, and the original parking lot expanded. Many more improvements are planned for the future as the organization continues to grow.