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Charles Rand Penney Trail

Niagara County Historical Society

Dates of Original: 1875 - 1899; 1900 - 1940

A native of Buffalo, NY, Dr. Charles Rand Penney made his life and career in Western New York, working first as a lawyer and later pursuing a life-long love of collecting and lecturing about art and antiques around the world. In 1995, he was honored with a Doctorate of Fine Arts from the State University of New York for his commitment and contributions to the arts, especially in Western New York. In 1999, he received the Red Jacket Award from the Buffalo History Museum for his commitment to raising awareness of the shared heritage of Western New York.
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Ella Wheeler Glass-plate Negatives Collection

Oswego Public Library

Dates of Original: 1900 - 1910

Ella Merrill Crippen Wheeler was born October 31, 1859 within weeks of her father John Crippen’s death. Her mother, Sarah Roxana Hyde Crippen, passed away in Hastings, New York around Ella’s seventh birthday. Both are buried in Coit Cemetery in Oswego County. Ella came to Oswego in 1880 upon marrying resident Fred Dobbie Wheeler in Batavia. When she began taking photographs, Fred and Ella Wheeler lived at 138 W. 4th Street in the house they built there. It was sold on his passing in 1904 and is now the Reynolds & McGowan Law Firm. After Fred’s passing, Ella boarded at 22 W. Oneida... Read more

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Charles Rand Penney Trail

SUNY Buffalo State - Butler Library

Dates of Original: 1875 - 1899; 1900 - 1940

A native of Buffalo, NY, Dr. Charles Rand Penney made his life and career in Western New York, working first as a lawyer and later pursuing a life-long love of collecting and lecturing about art and antiques around the world. In 1995, he was honored with a Doctorate of Fine Arts from the State University of New York for his commitment and contributions to the arts, especially in Western New York. In 1999, he received the Red Jacket Award from the Buffalo History Museum for his commitment to raising awareness of the shared heritage of Western New York.
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Jackson Health Resort Collection

SUNY Geneseo

Dates of Original: 1858 - 1914; 1928; 1958

The Jackson Health Resort was founded in 1858 by Dr. James Caleb Jackson (1811-1895) in Dansville, New York, overlooking the Genesee Valley. The Resort was based on a water cure or hydropathy treatment which was touted as a successful cure for the treatment of chronic diseases. Dr. Jackson recommended a holistic lifestyle, including a vegetarian diet as part of his treatment plan. In 1929, Bernarr Macfadden assumed ownership of the property and renamed it the Physical Culture Hotel. The building was also known as: Our Home on the Hillside, Castle on the Hill, and Jackson Sanitorium.

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