Local History Photos of the Week April 27, 2018

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

(Click on the photos for a larger view)

Photo 1: First Congregational Church

Photo 1 shows a postcard of the old First Congregational Church of Corning. And it features a neat notation on the bottom of the photo –  “Where I went to church.” Who wrote the notation and sent the postcard, not to mention who received it – are mysteries.

However, where the old church was located is not! According to the website for the First Congregational Church of Corning, the church seen in the photo was in existence from 1890 to 1961 and was located on the corner of Bridge and Ontario Streets in Corning.

The new and modern First Congregational Church building, built in 1961, is located on Pulteney Street and is still in use today.

Photo 2: Original 200″ Disc Display 

The original 200″ glass disc, made by Corning Glass Works for the Palomar Mountain Observatory in California in the 1930s, suffered damage due to a break in the molding while the disc was being poured. The glass makers poured a second disc that was completed in perfect condition. The second disc went to the Palomar Observatory. And the original disc has been on display in Corning in the years since then.

Today the glass disc can be viewed in the Corning Museum of Glass but for a number of years after the disc was first made it was housed in a special building in the area that now encompasses Centerway Square. The clock tower in the background stood sentry then and still does today.

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL


Church History. First Congregational Church. Online. Accessed April 27, 2018. http://www.corningucc.org/welcome/church-history/?view=mobile

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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