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Hudson River voyage c.1937-39

Watervliet Public Library

Dates of Original: c. 1930 - 1940

The Hudson River is over three hundred miles long and travels mainly through eastern New York. It was a great source of travel for steamboats, which increased trade and expansion of populations and visitors.

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Pan-American Exposition Scrapbooks

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

Dates of Original: 1897 -1901

The Pan-American Exposition was a World’s Fair held in Buffalo, New York in 1901. Buffalo was one of the largest American cities at the time and was chosen as a World’s Fair site in part due to its proximity to major railways. The Exposition showcased many exhibits, most notably the use of electricity. Hydroelectric power generated by the Niagara River powered the Exposition grounds and buildings. President William McKinley was assassinated while attending the Exposition.

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Vassar Brothers Hospital School of Nursing

Vassar Brothers Medical Center - Archives

Established as a training school for hospital nurses in 1890, the VBH School of Nursing educated, trained and graduated over one thousand nurses in its 82-year existence on the campus of Vassar Brothers Hospital. The School combined rigorous academic classroom lectures with hands-on patient experience, and had a reputation for strictness, caring for each other, and excellent patient care.

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Steinmetz Digital Collection of Schenectady

Steinmetz Digital Collection of Schenectady

Dates of Original: c. 1860 - 1950

Charles Proteus Steinmetz (1865 - 1923) was the Chief Engineer for General Electric during the 1890s and early 1900s. His birth name was Karl August Rudolph Steinmetz but changed it when he came to the United States to have a more American sounding name. Steinmetz cultivated the development of alternating current which led to the growth of the electric power industry and made innovative discoveries that led future engineers into designing higher quality electromagnetic apparatus equipment. The additional areas Steinmetz is known for in the electrical engineering field involve alternating... Read more

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