I regularly send my students to the local historical society to find certain kinds of military records, such as the files of the Grand Army of the Republic Chapter. While some students can find the local historical society on their own, many come back to me with a question: where is it? Sometimes it isn't easy to answer.
A page on the Secretary of State's website eases that search. Entitled "Historical Societies," the page lists all the state's historical and genealogical societies. They are in alphabetical order, but if the town name is not part of the title, the page adds it as the first word. The information listed includes the name, the contact information, all officers and occasionally, additional information. The site is a nice short-cut.