The Albany Institute of History & Art

Claire Enkosky - July 12th, 2012

The Albany Institute of History & Art was founded in 1791, making it one of the oldest museums in the country. They have over one million items representing the broad history and culture of the upper Hudson Valley area.

Catskill Mountain House Souvenir Paperweight, ca. 1860s

This image is of a souvenir paperweight with an albumen silver photographic print inside. Albumen prints were one of the first methods for producing prints onto paper from a negative. This paperweight dates back to the 1860s and shows the famous Catskill Mountain House of Palenville, NY. The Catskill Mountain House, built in 1824, was a hotel perched over the Hudson River Valley with beautiful panoramic views. Prominent visitors during the second half of the 19th century made the hotel very fashionable, but the Catskills were eventually replaced by the Adirondacks as the preferred destination for the New York elite. The hotel fell into disrepair into the 20th century and was burned down by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in 1962.

NEBA Roast Beef Sandwiches and Mike's Submarines, ca. 1960s

This image shows part of the region a century later. Mike's-NEBA shop, predecessor to the Mr. Subb chain [source], was located on the corner of Colvin and Central Streets in Albany. According to several locals, Mike Dence owned a sub shop and named the addition after his dog, Neba. There were multiple locations of the beloved chain around the upper Hudson Valley region.

Be sure to check out the other great images from the Albany Institute of History & Art!

Historical Newspapers of the Rochester Region

Claire Enkosky - July 12th, 2012

"Historical Newspapers of the Rochester, New York Region" is now a part of the New York State Historic Newspapers project  and contains growing collection of newspapers from the Rochester area

The Brockport Republic is a newspaper from the Village of Brockport, which lies to the west of Rochester in Monroe County. Today, Brockport has about 8,000 residents and is home to the State University of New York at Brockport.

The Brockport Republic ran from 1856 until 1925, when it was merged with the Brockport Democrat. It was renamed the Brockport Republic-Democrat in 1955.

The Monroe County Library System has created a set of thorough indexes for the Brockport Republic. Genealogists will find this immensely useful, because with a quick search (CTRL + F) of a name, you can find basic biographical information and the date, number, and column of the newspaper page for birth, death, and marriage announcements.

Even without the indexes, users will find it very easy to search New York State Historic Newspapers. For example, I know that Mary Jane Holmes (1825-1907), a best-selling author in the 19th century, died in Brockport. I typed in her name and came across the death announcement in the Brockport Republic from October 10th, 1907.

October 10th, 1907, Brockport Republic

Other papers available from the Rochester region in the New York State Historic Newspapers collection are four titles from Fairport, a small suburb of Rochester situated nine miles to the east and within the town of Perinton. These papers, including the Fairport Herald, the Monroe County Mail, the Fairport Herald-Mail, and the Fairport-Perinton Herald-Mail, cover events from 1873 to 1992.

Fairport, the "Crown Jewel of the Erie Canal," is known for its picturesque scenery and architecture along the canal.

Erie Canal - R. Sy. & E. Trolley Bridge, Fairport, N. Y. ca. 1907

For Fairport's 100th anniversary in 1922, the Monroe County Mail published an article by Charles B. Hawkins of Rochester which told the history of the development of the Erie Canal in Fairport.

July 27th, 1922, Monroe County Mail

July 27th, 1922, Monroe County Mail

Users exploring New York Heritage can find many images to complement the rich history reported in the New York State Historic Newspapers.