Posts by: Claire Enkosky

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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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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Stereograms in Motion

On January 20, 2014 By

What can I say?  I love making these, and I think I’ve waited long enough since our last post about stereograph animations.

Trophy Point, West Point

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19th Century Names

On December 9, 2013 By

Are you brainstorming names for a new baby or pet? Are you trying to come up with that perfect alias for your stint undercover?

The Social Security Administration has a great database of baby names that searches all Social Security card applications for births after 1879.  But what was popular before that?

Thanks [...]

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Yearbook Designs

On November 7, 2013 By

New York Heritage has hundreds and hundreds of digitized yearbooks, which you can see and browse or search by school on our Yearbooks page.

Recently we’ve pinned nearly 100 of our favorite yearbook designs over on Pinterest.  You can see the board here:Yearbooks Over the Years.

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Streetviews: Then & Now

On September 16, 2013 By

It’s time for more then-and-now with Google Map Streetview!

Pulaski Park in Syracuse, NY: 2011 & 1950s

Little Falls Public Library, Little Falls, NY: 2008 & 1800s

Elmwood Avenue in Geneva, NY: 2009 & ca. 1900

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