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Early Cooking in the Hudson Valley

Historic Huguenot Street

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the kitchen was not only the physical center of the household, but also the social center of the home. The hearth was used for warmth, cooking and as a place for the older generation to teach skills to the younger generation. As time progressed, newer tools were created and recipe books became more common but the hearth and the food that was made there remained at the center of life on Huguenot Street.

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General Electric Audio Recordings

miSci - Museum of Innovation and Science

Dates of Original: c. 1878 - 1985

Since Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877, sound recordings have captured the sounds of the world. General Electric used sound to entertain, promote, and spread information. Radio station WGY, founded by GE in 1922, pioneered many uses of radio, ranging from news and community service programming to music and dramatic entertainment. In the 1920s GE pioneered the use of talking motion pictures and used motion picture film to capture the sounds of radio in 1929 and 1930. In the 1930s WGY used large 12-inch transcription discs to record important radio programs for posterity and... Read more

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General Electric Photographs

miSci - Museum of Innovation and Science

Dates of Original: c. 1900 - 1990

Known as the “The City that Lights and Hauls the World,” Schenectady was home to both the American Locomotive Company and the Edison Electric Company, which is now General Electric. GE and ALCO partnered up to create diesel locomotives. Since then, GE has helped create jobs in the Schenectady area with its renewable energy center.

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Levittown History Collection

Levittown Public Library

Dates of Original: 1947-1951

Levittown gets its name from its builder, the firm of Levitt & Sons, Inc. founded by Abraham Levitt on August 2, 1929, which built the district as a planned community between 1947 and 1951. Sons William and Alfred served as the company's president and chief architect and planner, respectively. Levittown was the first truly mass-produced suburb and is widely regarded as the archetype for postwar suburbs throughout the country.

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