Posts by: Claire Enkosky

New York Heritage has a plethora of fascinating medical history collections to satisfy your every curiosity.

Many New York hospitals, like the Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, were and still are run by the Catholic church and staffed with nuns.

Youngsters today have probably never seen a [...]

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The Twentieth Century Club of Buffalo, one of the first private clubs for women in the United States, was founded in 1894 “to advance the interests of education, literature and art.” Charlotte Mulligan, a teacher, writer, and musician from a well-to-do family was the driving force behind its creation. She envisioned a club rich in [...]

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Overlaid Maps

On May 1, 2013 By

As you all know by now, Google Maps is fantastic. However, sometimes it’s limiting for the kind of historical materials we have. For example, I have this map of Nelson, New York, which is a lovely, quiet, little place about 25 miles east of Syracuse. The Oneida Public Library’s collection of the 1873 [...]

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Once again, I’m walking along the virtual street in Google Maps and comparing our photographs on New York Heritage to the modern day streetviews.

Here’s the First Presbyterian Church in Liverpool, NY,
first in April, 1924 and then in November of 2007:

Here’s downtown McGraw, NY,
first in [...]

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Sanborn Maps

On March 1, 2013 By

There are thousands and thousands of great maps on NYHeritage, but I especially like two from Northern New York because they’re Sanborn Fire Insurance maps.

The Sanborn Map Company (still in existence today) was one of several companies who sold atlases in the 19th and 20th centuries specifically for the purpose of assessing fire [...]

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Geneva in 3D

On February 8, 2013 By

With the fantastic new Stereograph Card Collection of Geneva from the Geneva Historical Society, I felt inspired to make more gifs! I can’t get enough of them, even if they sometimes make me a little sea-sick.

Glenwood Cemetery, Geneva, NY



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Google Maps & The Past

On November 8, 2012 By

Google has done us all the remarkable favor of capturing images of cities and towns across America and making those images accessible for free in the Streetview of Google Maps. Across New York, we have contemporary street-level views which we can compare with our historic photos in New York Heritage. Sometimes this is a challenge, [...]

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The last post got a lot of responses (and we do love an adoring public), so now we’ll share the secret to our stereoscopic animations.

Take this image from the fantastic Buffalo Olmsted Parks Postcards & Stereo Views collection:

Right click the image and select “copy image.” In Photoshop, create a [...]

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Stereograph Animations

On October 17, 2012 By

Inspired by the New York Public Library’s Stereogranimator (, we’ve created a few animated stereographs from the collections on New York Heritage!

Stereoscopic cards were precursors to the iconic View Master toy.  Users slid the stereograph into a viewer and looked at each half of the image with a different eye, causing an [...]

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The battle of Antietam ended 150 years ago today, and to honor the memory of those who served, we will highlight some of the fantastic images from the New York State Military Museum collection on New York Heritage.

This collection includes hundreds and hundreds of photographic portraits [...]

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