The Newstead Historical Society was organized in 1958 and chartered by New York State in 1959. The goal of the NHS is to preserve, protect and promote the history and heritage of the Town of Newstead and Village of Akron. The Newstead Historical Society is a volunteer based organization and currently has over 200 members.
Newstead Historical Society's accomplishments include: the placing of historical markers, the collection and preservation of local historical artifacts, selecting and registering Century Homes and Landmarks, awarding a $500 scholarship to a deserving local student, educating the community and other interested persons with local history related programs.
A very important objective of the NHS is preserving the Rich-Twinn Octagon House, which has received the high honor of being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Knight-Sutton Museum each year targets specific times and topics about Akron and Newstead history. The vision of the museum is to create an historical learning center for the entire community to enjoy.