International Women’s Day

On March 18, 2015 By

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Make It Happen,” and part of that is the celebration and education of women’s achievements. Here at New York Heritage, it is understood [...]

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Thinking about Rights

On February 23, 2015 By

By Chris Stanton, ESDN Metadata Specialist, Metropolitan New York Library Council 

In the months that the Empire State Digital Network (ESDN)* has been in operation here in New York, we’ve made significant progress and have put the necessary pieces in place to contribute New York’s digital cultural heritage to the Digital [...]

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New York Heritage is pleased to welcome the Mendon Public Library as our newest contributor! Located in Honeoye Falls, the library was originally formed in 1912 as the Honeoye Falls Free Library by the women of the Fortnightly Club of Honoeye Falls. In 1935 it was incorporated as the Honoeye Falls Library, Inc. [...]

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The Buffalo History Museum has some great digital initiatives, some of which are proudly featured on New York Heritage. Earlier this year, they hosted an intern who replicated a 1901 map done by the Charity Organization Society of Buffalo in a modern setting: Google maps!

You can see the interactive map [...]

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–January 23rd is National Handwriting Day, brought to you by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers of America – WIMA

Yep, it’s once again that time of year (okay, it’s the first time ever) when New York Heritage digs deep into its treasures and pulls out a piece of [...]

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Colorizing the Past

On June 18, 2014 By

I recently learned how to colorize black-and-white photographs with a course on (thanks for the opportunity, NY 3Rs Association!).  Naturally, I put these new-found skills to use on some of the wonderful old photographs accessible on New York Heritage.

Choosing a collection to pluck photos from was difficult; there are so [...]

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Generally, New York State is a quiet place.  We’re not tornado central, our earthquakes are pretty tame, and it’s been a long time since a tsunami has reached Oneonta.

That said, we have had our fair share of terrible storms and consequential floods.  A lot of those floods from the 20th Century were documented carefully [...]

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Albany Public Library is happy to have recently joined NY Heritage!  Though our collection will grow over time, we have already made some very interesting objects available.  We would like to highlight “A Bicentennial of Albany Views: 1963-1967 and 1974-1975 Compared.”

This album of photographs was handmade by Florence L. Powell, a [...]

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The Albany area is well represented in New York Heritage and lately, some of these great collections have been featured on All Over Albany, a great website that highlights special things about and to do in the Capital region.

In April, the site explored the recently added Albany Public Library collection from their Pruyn [...]

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South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC) has awarded two Regional Bibliographic Data Bases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing (RBDB) Grants to member organizations in support of digitization.

The first award, given to the Cortland County Historical Society, will provide $1,044 to digitize the Society’s large collection of Brockway Company-related images currently in one [...]

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