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Big Flats and Chemung County Historical Collection

Big Flats Historical Society and Museum

Dates of Original: c. 1890-2018

The town of Big Flats, which had formerly been called "Great Plains,” was organized in 1822 from the town of Elmira. The town contains a hamlet also named Big Flats. As the Chemung River sharply turns, the Chemung Valley widens to create Big Flats’ distinctive geographic feature: broad flatland. Industries that could use the valley and the flatland made Big Flats known. For over a century of Big Flats’ history, farming, specifically tobacco farming and manufacturing, made use of the fertile soil and vast area of the valley flatland. In the late 1920s, the establishment of an airport,... Read more

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Reminiscent History of North Collins

Western New York Genealogical Society

Dates of Original: 1914

North Collins, founded in 1852, is a rural town located south of Buffalo, New York. "Reminiscent History of North Collins (Erie County, New York)" is a handwritten diary written by a Mrs. Emily Stewart in 1914 and contains many names and events from the early history of North Collins, including businesses, organizations, doctors, churches, and schools. It is 40 pages long, and this copy was created in 1914. Dates in the diary range from 1809 to 1889.

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Nancy Edwards Collection

New Woodstock Free Library

Dates of Original: 1947 - 2013

Life has been a wonderful panorama, according to Nancy Skeele Edwards. Growing up during World War II as an “Army Air Corps Brat,” she moved from one military base to another with her family, attending twelve different school systems prior to the seventh grade. At one location Nancy’s neighbor was a portrait artist. She was seven years old and modeled for his drawing classes. Nancy’s interest in drawing and painting continued to grow. By the time she was in the eighth grade, a very talented, unique and gifted artist, Gordon Muck, started his teaching career at her school in DeRuyter, New... Read more

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Historic Views of Forest Lawn

Forest Lawn Cemetery - Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center

The collection contains images from the 19th and 20th Centuries showing historic views of Forest Lawn. These images are digitized from original glass plate negatives, photographic prints, lithographic drawings, stereoscopic views and commercial postcards. The earliest images of Forest Lawn document newly erected family lots and were intended to help illustrate the beauty of the landscape as well as drive sales in an era when buying pre-need burial space was a foreign concept. Glass plate negatives come from the McDonnell & Sons Monument Company and show the construction and completion... Read more

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