Category Archives: Libraries

1909, Civic Improvement League and the Library

During the first year of its existence, 1909, the Civil League Board was informed of the work of the Y.M.C.A… This organization offered its library as a nucleus for a public library. Members of the Civic League began action on such an … Continue reading

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Whitehall Civic Improvement League

Members of the Civic League continued to support the Whitehall Free Library with projects such as card parties, subscriptions, and volunteer labor while still holding their meetings in its rooms. In October 1911 a report was made to the League that the … Continue reading

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Whitehall in 1887

The railroad Y.M.C.A. was very active one hundred years ago in its building on Canal Street. Its building, north of the present Knights of Columbus building, burned in 1911, and was replaced by the K. of C. home. In 1887 the members, … Continue reading

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A Library in 1885

A hundred years ago establishing a library was an affair of cooperation among interested citizens. Several such collections were made over the years. Such a one was made in 1885. The room chosen was over the Sullivan and Company’s store in the … Continue reading

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Whitehall CHRONICLE 1870’s

In May 1870 an inquiring person around town asked why the libraries of the old Academy and that of the Y.M.C.A. were housed in a farm house outside the village. Investigation found that in 1865 when the Academy was sold … Continue reading

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Library 1884

O. A. Manville, a druggist started a new and very large circulating library. Doris B. Morton, Town Historian – Whitehall Independent – March 21, 1984

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“First”

Labeling something as a “first” is a tendency for any person, be he collector, writer, researcher. Louis Jones of Cooperstown Farmer’s Museum inveighed against this practice in historical accounts. Church histories of Whitehall tell of libraries established in their rooms for Sunday school … Continue reading

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Libraries 1879

Hiram Dickenson and E. J. Belden were establishing a circulating library in Whitehall. The books were to be loaned from Baldwin and Bascom’s insurance office over the Merchants National bank. The books were purchased and comprised of standard works of … Continue reading

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