Local History Photos January 19, 2018

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the week!

(Click on the photos for a larger view)

Photo 1: Construction of the New Painted Post Indian Monument

First a bit of back story!

Painted Post, New York was named after the old Seneca name for the region which at one time did include a painted post. When the original maker was put up in unclear though there were many stories about the original post and what happened to it; the only thing about its disappearance that is certain is that it did eventually disappear.

In 1824 Captain Samuel Erwin commissioned the first metal Indian monument to be built in Painted Post. In 1948 that monument was destroyed during a violent storm and a new monument, designed by local high school art teacher Norman Phelps was built and placed on Water Street in Painted Post.

And our first photo for this week shows the monument being built! As the new monument was unveiled in 1950, I’m sure many people remember the unveiling ceremony and the fact that the new monument was originally located on a small piece of land in the street itself before being moved to its safer current location near the Village Square in Painted Post.

Do you remember when the new monument was unveiled?

We love local history stories so if you’ve got one to share – let us know!

Photo 2: The New Indian Monument in Painted Post (1950)

And our second photo for this week shows the completed new Indian Monument in 1950.

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL


Painted Post and its Monument by Audrey Phelps. Crooked Lake Review. 1993.

Library Local History/Creation Station Resources:

At the library you can scan your photos and slides to create digital family albums and slideshows; and even use one of the Circut machines, and other Creation Station equipment, to help you create a special paper family history album.

Also of note, we have the local paper, at times called the Corning Leader, Corning Journal or Corning Daily Journal, on microfilm from 1840 to the present — so you can visit the library and research local history and your family tree if you wish!


And if you find any old photos of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

We’re happy to add new photos to our Photo Archive!

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