Local History Photos April 23, 2021

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

Local History photos are published on Fridays; and the next local history photo posting will be up on Friday, April 30, 2021.

Helpful Photo Viewing Tips are found at the end of the posting for anyone who would like a few tips on how best to view the photos*

Local History Photo 1: Old City Hall

Our first photo for this week shows the old City Hall in the City of Corning. The Corning City Hall was once located on the corner of what was once Erie Avenue, and is now Denison Parkway, and Cedar Street in Corning. Today the building houses the Rockwell Museum.

And not only is the view of the building cool, but look at the street! We get an excellent view of the unpaved Erie Avenue with a wood walkway to boot- back in the days before the city streets were paved!

Local History Photo 2: The Courthouse

Our second photo for this week shows the Courthouse in the City of Corning.

The old, and current Courthouse, is located on the corner of West First and Pine Streets, and on the edge of what is frequently referred to as “Courthouse Park” ; but is in fact Canfield Park.

And I love looking at the smooth hillside that borders the Courthouse; today it is landscaped with rocks; but when I was a kid, local kids used to sled down that hill in the winter – and we had a blast!

Local History Photo 3: Painted Post High School

And our final photo for this week shows the old Painted Post High School. I’ll admit I don’t know if the photo shows the original  high school building in Painted Post, and the record card for the photo doesn’t include that information – but wow, what a neat photo of a classic brick building.

Have a good weekend everyone,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Local History Online Library Resources:

Heritage Quest: Heritage Quest is the library’s online genealogy service, and it includes access to census records and other research sources; it can be accessed by going to the Online Resources page, on the library’s website, and scrolling down until you see the link for Heritage Quest:


Once you’ve clicked on the Heritage Quest link, you’ll be prompted to login with your card number and PIN. If you have questions about how to use Heritage Quest, please feel free to let me know – my email address is reimerl@stls.org

Enjoy the photos and be well everyone,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

*To Create A Larger View (make the photos appear bigger on your screen):

You can click on each photo for a larger view. And then click the back arrow on your web browser to go back to the previous screen.

Alternatively, you can press and hold down the CTRL key, on your keyboard, while tapping the + key on your keyboard to make the photos appear larger on your screen.

To Create A Smaller View (make the photos appear smaller on your screen – after you’ve made them appear larger):

 Press and hold the CTRL key on your keyboard and tap the – sign to make the photos appear smaller again.

And If You Use A Mouse – CTRL & Scroll:

If you use a mouse you can do what is called “control and scroll”, to make photos appear larger and then smaller on your screen. To do this –>press and hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and push the scroll wheel on your mouse away from you for a larger view. To reverse the larger view hold down the same CTRL key on your keyboard and pull the scroll wheel on your mouse towards you.

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 or postcards of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

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