Massena first sprang to life as a spa-town; up to 50 hotels flourished as health-seeking tourists came to soak in local mineral-rich waters. Industrial growth followed. The local history collection includes early photographs, Civil War artifacts, folk art, farm and ice cutting tools, period furnishings, antique toys and school items. The Massena Aluminum Historical Association's display at the Massena Museum illustrates the importance of aluminum to the community.
The display features hundreds of items, publications and photos that chronicle Massena's aluminum history. The Pittsburgh Reduction Company, later called the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), began producing the so-called "miracle metal" in Massena in 1902, following construction of the Massena Power Canal. Since that time, aluminum production has been at the very heart of the community and the entire region.
Open: YR, Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm. Donation.