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State Reservation at Niagara

Nioga Library System - Niagara Falls Public Library

Dates of Original: 1885 - 1905; 1935; 1840 - 1870

The State Reservation at Niagara (1885), designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, is the oldest state park in the United States. New York State Assemblyman Thomas V. Welch (1850-1903) worked tirelessly with the “Free Niagara” movement to make Niagara Falls a place where the natural landscape would be preserved and that the public could visit free of charge. The Thomas V. Welch Collection includes telegrams, signed petitions and correspondence.
Orrin E. Dunlap (1861-1953) was a news photographer based in Niagara Falls who took some incomparable images of the State... Read more

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Christopher Collection

Baldwinsville Public Library

Dates of Original: c. 1880 - 1980

The Village of Baldwinsville is located in Onondaga County, New York. The village is named after Dr. Jonas Baldwin, who built a dam across the Seneca River, creating a private canal that kept the water highways prospering and generating energy for the area. Baldwinsville became a flourishing agricultural center during its early settlement and also had small factories around the area. In the early 1900s, Baldwinsville was connected to two larger cities, Oswego and Syracuse, by the Erie Lackawanna Railway. Baldwinsville continues to be a thriving agricultural region today and, along with the... Read more

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Civil War Letters and Journal of Charles F. Weller

Onondaga County Public Library - Central Library

Dates of Original: 1862 - 1865

Charles F. Weller enlisted in the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry in 1862 when he was 17 years old. Charles was on active service until the end of the war, campaigning in Virginia, Maryland, and Tennessee. He marched with Sherman, was in Captain McAllister’s Company “G”, and fought in Hagerstown. Weller participated in the Battle of Antietam and the Battle of Chickamauga among many. While Weller was a soldier in the Civil War, he wrote 50 letters to his girlfriend, Kate McElwain of Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Weller mustered out on June 21, 1865 and received an honorable mention for his... Read more

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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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