The Christopher Collection

Originally a slide collection, these images were donated by the family of Anthony J. Christopher Sr., a Baldwinsville native. Anthony was a well-known historian for the Town of Van Buren, a member of the board of directors of the Onondaga Historical Association, a trustee of the Baldwinsville Library and author of “Sketches of Yesterday,” a column appearing weekly in The Baldwinsville Messenger. Anthony was also a founding member and past president of the Beauchamp Historical Club and took an active role in its projects. Anthony and his wife, the former Carrie Eleanor Tucker, maintained a museum in a barn behind their home, collecting and preserving memorabilia of the Baldwinsville area. The Christophers were awarded a special citation by the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce for “devotion and dedication to the cultivation, enhancement and preservation of Baldwinsville’s heritage.” This collection includes images representing an historical snapshot of the people and places around the towns of Van Buren and Lysander, and the Village of Baldwinsville, New York. Spanning the 19th Century through the 1970s, the images depict the village doctors who charged one dollar per house call, the trolleys that moved people from B’ville to Syracuse to Fulton, the horse­drawn tobacco wagons, the peony and aster farms, the Baldwin Canal; the historical buildings, boats, industries and mills on the Seneca River, and much more. Anthony Christopher died in 1975.

Mary Crego scanned the slides and created a draft for the index; Bonnie Kisselstein identified locations and people depicted in the photographs; Sue McManus contributed to identification and local history details; Diane Holbert created the descriptive metadata; Chad Harper extracted and normalized the metadata; Ryan Perry assisted with the upload to NY Heritage.

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