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October is American Archives month

What is an archive? Why are they important? How are they cared for?

Visit the Baldwinsville Public Library this month and view a range of displays and exhibits coordinated by the local history department to put you in touch with the images, artifacts and documents that the library collects, organizes and maintains.

These valuable collections preserve our memory of the people, places and events that have shaped our region's history.

Featured in one exhibit are images of Central New York historical records on a series of panels loaned to the library from the Upstate History Alliance, including an image of William Seward's math exercises.

Another display highlights some of the items that are available in the library's local history room. On display is a book of pencil drawings by Rev. William Beauchamp. Rev. Beauchamp was a noted historian who wrote a number of books related to Onondaga County as well as the Iroquois culture. Also on display is an original roster from the Civil War Battery B regiment from Baldwinsville, Anthony Christopher's "Sketches of Yesterday," several Baldwinsville directories and yearbooks. View the display during regular library hours.

Our most recent endeavor to bring Baldwinsville's archives to the public involves the digitization of more than 1,000 photos and the microfilm of old Baldwinsville newspapers. The materials are currently being prepared for online access by interns from the Syracuse University School of Information Studies and will be available on the library's web site in the near future.

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