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North Star

St. John Fisher College

Dates of Original: 1848 - 1851

The North Star was a mid-19th century abolitionist or anti-slavery newspaper. It was published by Frederick Douglass in Rochester, New York. The title was a reference to directions given to slaves trying to reach Northern states and Canada: follow the North Star. The newspaper was published weekly and circulated to more than 4,000 readers in United States and abroad.

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History of the Town of Amherst, New York, 1818-1965

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Dates of Original: 1818 - 1965

A History of the Town of Amherst, New York, 1818-1965 (306 p.), was published by the Town of Amherst in 1965 and written by the Town Clerk and Town Historian, Sue Miller Young. A descendent of some of Amherst's oldest families, Mrs. Young was one of the founding members of the Williamsville Historical Society and an accomplished archer. Sue Miller Young also wrote a highly informative column for the Amherst Bee on the history of Amherst. These articles are indexed at the Niederlander Research Library and Archives at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village & Museum at Amherst.
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American Legion Post 342

Freeport Memorial Library

Dates of Original: 1919-1927

The American Legion, William Clinton Story Post No. 342, was organized in 1919 soon after the end of World War I. It was named for William Clinton Story who was one of the first Freeporters to die during the war. Story (1892-1918) was a 1908 graduate of Freeport High School, where he was salutatorian. He graduated from Princeton University in 1913, with honors. When the United States entered World War I, he enlisted with the hopes of becoming an aviator. He died near Memphis, TN, during a training flight. The Legion’s first clubhouse was opened in 1924. As the organization grew, a... Read more

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Yellow Fever Collection

University of Rochester Medical Center - Edward G. Miner Library

Dates of Original: 1741-1914

There is no record of yellow fever ever having occurred in Rochester or in the Genesee River Valley. Why then a yellow fever collection in Western New York?

Its origin lies in the experiences of Rochester businessman, Edward G. Miner, during a trip to South American in 1908. In a letter written 36 years later, Miner reminisced, "One could only faintly realize how dreadful had been the devastation in life and property from this disease, but the tales of survivors and the evidence of former precautions which still remained, left an indelible impression upon my memory." This... Read more

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