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Martha Blow Wadsworth Photograph Collection

SUNY Geneseo

Dates of Original: 1900 - 1910

The Wadsworths were a prominent Genesee Valley family in the 18th and 19th centuries. Martha Blow Wadsworth (1864-1934) was a native of St. Louis, Missouri and lived  in Avon, New York with her husband, Herbert Wadsworth.  She was an avid horsewoman and amateur photographer, who documented her many travels.

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Cure Cottages of Saranac Lake NY

Saranac Lake Free Library

Dates of Original: c. 1895 - 1925

Before 1946, when a drug based cure for tuberculosis was found, Saranac Lake was a renowned center for the only known way to cure tuberculosis, fresh air and complete bed rest. The Cure Cottages are buildings, mostly still present today, that became private sanatoriums for those sick with tuberculosis.

The Cottages are focused on the fresh air and bed-rest treatment, having multiple porches, balconies, and sunrooms, with enough room to place multiple patients on cots and hammocks.

The Cure Cottage "Cure Porches" were glassed-in rooms that were mainly added on to... Read more

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Frederick Douglass' Paper

St. John Fisher College

Dates of Original: 1851 - 1859

In 1851, The North Star paper, founded by Frederick Douglass, merged with the Liberty Party Paper of Syracuse and was renamed the Frederick Douglass' Paper. The abolitionist paper not only rejected slavery, but also the oppression of women and other minority groups.

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Long Beach Public Schools

Long Beach Public Library

"The Long Beach School District prior to 1911 was part of the Oceanside School District. In 1913 Long Beach became an Incorporated Village which included the first 50 homes and fulltime residents. The first school was a one room school room in the Nassau Hotel where a teacher gave instructions to the students who attended. The need to expand the schools because the residents living here year round instead of just summer residency which, increased the need to build a school which was a storefront on Park Street and Magnolia Blvd. The Long Beach School District officially began on... Read more

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