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Otsego County Woman's Christian Temperance Union Collection

Huntington Memorial Library

Dates of Original: c. 1904 - 1964

The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) is an American organization that was founded in 1874. The WCTU was one of the largest and most influential women’s groups of the 19th century. Among the many causes the WCTU has supported as an organization are abstinence of alcohol, the protection of women and children at home and work, and women’s right to vote. There were chapters throughout the United States that fought at the local and state level to promote these causes.

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Horse Drawn Transportation in Potsdam

Potsdam Public Museum

Dates of Original: c.1905 - c.1915

Potsdam is located in St. Lawrence County, New York and was founded in 1806 and was the site of both the St. Lawrence Academy (Now SUNY Potsdam) and Clarkson University. It is famous as the exporter of Potsdam sandstone.

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175th Anniversary of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

Dates of Original: c. 1885 - 1960

The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2011, tracing its roots back to the year 1836 when the Young Men's Association (YMA) was established. The YMA was a membership/subscriber library that coexisted with the Grosvenor Library when it was established in 1871 as a public reference library. Later, the Buffalo Public Library (BPL), also a tax supported public library, was succeeded by the YMA. The YMA and BPL fostered the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences (now the Buffalo Museum of Science), the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy (later becoming the... Read more

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Buffalo Address Book and Family Directory

Buffalo History Museum

Dates of Original: 1883 - 1916

The first truly distinct published city directory appeared in the United States in 1785 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As early as 1665, first under the Dutch and British, and then under American auspices, individuals published lists of city residents in New Amsterdam (now New York City), Baltimore, and Charleston, but the efforts were not consistent or uniform.
By the beginning of the 19th century, directories appeared routinely in New York, Baltimore, Boston, Charleston, and Hartford. This new industry was started by school principals, businessmen, and postmasters, but most... Read more

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