Local History Stories

I’ve always been interested in history of any kind – national, international of local history.

In relation, my mother’s family has lived in our area for a number of generations. In keeping with that idea here’s a short little local history story! My maternal grandmother’s grandfather was a fellow by the name of Thomas Lawrence. Thomas was born in Ely, England and immigrated to the U.S. in 1871. He came to Corning shortly after he arrived in this country and founded a successful plumbing business. He went on to found the water works in the City of Corning, working out of the old brick building that use to border Denison Park and where Rite Aid is today, right across the street from Dunkin’ Donuts.

That is a snap shot of a page of my family history, and if you’re like me and you find history stories to be interesting – why not share your stories with the extended library family?

We’ve got narrative recording equipment at the library, part of our Makerspace, that allows us to record people telling stories – if you’ve got a story you can come in and be recorded and then either take the recording with you to share with your family and friends or both take a copy with you and allow us to post your story on our Corning History blog and add a copy to the library’s collection.

And if you prefer to write a story instead of recording one, you can do that too! I’ve got a binder all ready to put new local history stories in.

So if you like to tell local history stories let us know – we like those stories too!

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

P.S. Did you know you can scan photos and slides to create a digital family history album or use the Cricut machine to create a cool cover for a hand made family history album if you prefer print and actual photos to digital ones?  You can! There is equipment in Creation Station that will assist you in doing just that! For details ask the staff or reply to this posting.

Local History Photos March 11, 2016

Hi everyone, just in time for your weekend viewing pleasure — here are three more local history photos from the library archives!

Just a note about the photos in our archive — some of them appear to have been photos taken of photos as seems to be the case with the third photo that is a bit out of focus — however, as the photo a cool subject — steamboats on Kueka Lake — I thought I’d include it!

Photo 1: The Courthouse with a neat old car!

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Photo 2: The Centerway Square before it really was Centerway Square:

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Photo 3: Steamboats on Kueka Lake 

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If you know anything about the people/places/buildings in this photos please chime in and share your local history stories!

And remember you can create your own digital family history album at the library a print album ! You can use the scanners to scan photos and slides and access The Corning newspaper on microfilm going back to 1840 when the paper was called The Corning Journal. You can also take a look at a variety of old local year books going back 100 years and access materials housed in our Local History Room.

We love local history @ the library!

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL