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Kirkland Town Library Art Collection

Kirkland Town Library

Dates of Original: 1865? - present

Since its charter in 1901, the Kirkland Town Library has played a unique role in nurturing, supporting and preserving artistic endeavors in our community. The Library was the first home of the Kirkland Art Center from 1960-1966 and hosts monthly art exhibits in our Bristol Room gallery space. A key feature of the Library building is a wide-ranging collection of artwork gifted to the library.

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Somers Wright Reis Collection

Somers Historical Society

Caroline Wright Reis was a philanthropist, artist, businesswoman, suffragette sympathizer and devoted citizen of Somers, N.Y. She was born in 1880, the only child of Samuel and Madeline Wright. She studied fashion and costume design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, graduating at a time most women did not (1902). In 1908, Caroline married Walter Reis and returned to her ancestral farm in Somers, successfully running it single-handedly for more than 50 years. Caroline Wright Reis was incredibly generous, donating both her time and money to several local organizations. She was also an... Read more

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Clinton Liberal Institute

Fort Plain Free Library

Dates of Original: c. 1890 - 1900

The Clinton Liberal Institute opened in 1891. The Clinton Liberal Institute, or the C.L.I., was a coeducational preparatory school. Later it was changed to a military school. Students from all over the world came to the C.L.I. Simon Lake, one of the students, invented the first modern submarine. The C. L. I. Armory was used to store artillery equipment. It burned on March 25, 1900.

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Joseph H. Treyz Collection of Civil War Patriotic Envelopes

Binghamton University - Binghamton University Libraries

Dates of Original: c. 1860 - 1870

The American Civil War was fought between the years 1861 - 1865 between the Union (the North half of the country) and the Confederates (the South half of the country). The war began over the disagreements between the North and South regarding slavery. The Civil War is known for having more American deaths in a war than any other war America has been a part of.

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