Tuesday, October 14, 2014

GAHWNY Fall Conference at Biggest Loser

This past September 27th the Government Appointed Historians of Western New York held their fall conference at the Beaver Hollow Conference Center in Java, NY. It is also the home of the World's Biggest Loser Niagara, ranked the #2 spa in North America. We had a beautiful day for our event!


Since we were in the great outdoors it seemed only fitting that the theme of this conference would be on the environment and agriculture. Our first speaker was Paul Pacheco, Associate Professor of Anthropology, SUNY Geneseo. He spoke on The Origins and Spread of Farming in Western New York. It was quite fascinating to find how much food tells about a culture.
Paul Pacheco, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Next up was Stephen J. Tulowiecki, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, University at Buffalo who gave a very informative talk titled, Oak Plains and Gunter’s Chains: Utilizing Original Land Survey Records to Understand Pre-European Forests. Descriptions of the surroundings in these early record almost paints a picture of how the landscape used to look, as you can see by the wording in the slide below.
Stephen J. Tulowiecki, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography

During lunch, GAHWNY presented the Julia Reinstein Career Achievement Award to two worthy historians. Leo N. McCarthy (Sardinia historian until his passing in 2013), was granted posthumously to his two daughters. The other recipient was Laurence Haseley, Lockport historian (no photo).
Left to right: Ted Wiedemann, current Sardinia historian;
daughters of Leo McCarthy; Jeffrey C. Mason, Arcade Historian

After lunch our program that began with the agriculture of early inhabitants continued to progress into more modern times when John Thomas Slater, Historian and founding member Lake Erie Grape Belt Resource Network, Trustee Historical Society of the Tonawandas presented,  Before There Was Grape Juice: The Grape Belt Table Grape Shipping Industry 1870-1940.
John Thomas Slater, Historian and founding member Lake Erie
Grape Belt Resource Network

Our final speaker,  Joan Sinclair Petzen, Agriculture Program Leader, Farm Business Management Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County rounded out the day's event bringing us full circle with her presentation, WNY Agriculture Yesterday & Today - by the Numbers & Community Landscapes.
Joan Sinclair Petzen, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County
Thank you so much to all our wonderful speakers and for Beaver Hollow for having us. See you in the spring everyone!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Images of America: Rush



TitleImages of America: Rush
Author's name(s)Susan Bittner Mee
Choose oneCurrent Historian
Current/former Historian of
County ofMonroe
Publisher / Printer Arcadia Publishing Company
Copyright date2014
Brief DescriptionA pictorial history of Rush.
Price$21.99
Tax (if applicable)
Shipping/HandlingPlease inquire
Make payable toSusan Mee
Mail toStreet Address: 747 Phelps Road
City: Honeoye Falls
State / Province: New York
Postal / Zip Code: 14472
Country: United States
Web addressOn Amazon
Web addressBarnes & Noble
If you need to provide further information, you may enter it here.For sales inquiries, please contact author: (585) 624-7822 or email.
E-mailsmee@rochester.rr.com

Blue Devils in Vietnam


TitleBlue Devils in Vietnam
Author's name(s)J. DeCamp, T. Gurak, R. Johnson, and Amie Alden
Choose oneCurrent Historian
Current/former Historian ofLivingston County Historian
County ofLivingston County
Publisher / Printer Pioneer Print and Copy, Henrietta, NY
Copyright date2014
Brief DescriptionThis book is an insider's view of the war nobody wanted to talk about and how the lives of three hometown men who made the ultimate sacrifice impacted so many. The book is filled with over 200 pages of never before published photographs, letters, and personal accounts written by over 30 Vietnam veterans from Geneseo Central School.
Price$30.00
Tax (if applicable)
Shipping/Handling$5.60
Make payable toLivingston County Historian
Mail toStreet Address: Livingston County Historian
Street Address Line 2: 5 Murray Hill Drive
City: Mt. Morris
State / Province: NY
Postal / Zip Code: 14510
Country: United States
If you need to provide further information, you may enter it here.Also available through Sundance Books, 106 Main Street, Geneseo, NY 14454

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Images of America: Eden


TitleImages of America: Eden
Author's name(s)Susan Minekime
Choose oneCurrent Historian
Current/former Historian ofTown of Eden
County ofErie
Publisher / Printer Arcadia Publishing Co.
Copyright date2011
Brief DescriptionA pictorial history of the Town of Eden from 1812 to the 1950s.
Price$21.99
Tax (if applicable)
Shipping/HandlingVaries with supplier
Web addressArcadia Publishing
Web addressAmazon in paperback & Kindle edition
Web addressBarnes & Noble

The Poor House and the People


TitleThe Poor House and the People
Author's name(s)Linda C. Schmidt
Choose oneCurrent Historian
Current/former Historian ofTown of Bethany
County ofGenesee
Publisher / Printer Linda C. Schmidt
Copyright dateunknown
Brief DescriptionThe 19th Centurty Genesee Co. Poor House - asylum for the poor, destitute, and orphans. Includes correspondence, reports, newspapers, and obituaries.
Price$15.00
Tax (if applicable)
Shipping/Handling
Make payable toLinda C. Schmidt
Mail toStreet Address: 4959 Smith Rd.
City: East Bethany
State / Province: NY
Postal / Zip Code: 14054
Country: United States
Web addresswww.bethanyny.blogspot.com
If you need to provide further information, you may enter it here.Please contact author for purchasing information: (585) 343-0724 or ny-hummingbird@yahoo.com

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Italian Genealogical Group

Another great resource discovered on the web. This tip comes from Sue Conklin, Genesee County Historian.

Created and managed by the Italian Genealogical Group, this organization has developed a user friendly database for the Boroughs of New York City.  It is an excellent resource for locating birth, marriage, death, naturalization and veterans’ records. And it's free!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Animal Tails From Genesee County


TitleAnimal Tails From Genesee County
Author's name(s)Susan L. Conklin
Choose oneCurrent Historian
Current/former Historian ofGenesee County
County ofGenesee
Publisher / Printer Genesee County Historians Association
Copyright date2001
Brief DescriptionThis sprial bound book of 177 pages includes a collection of stories regarding animals taken from local newspapers.
Price$5.00
Tax (if applicable)$0.40 / NYS 8%
Shipping/Handling$2.50
Make payable toGenesee County Historians Association
Mail toStreet Address: Genesee County History Department
Street Address Line 2: 3837 West Main Street Road
City: Batavia
State / Province: New York
Postal / Zip Code: 14020
Country: United States
If you need to provide further information, you may enter it here.To read a sample please visit www.co.genesee.ny.us and select History under Departments.
E-mailhistory@co.genesee.ny.us