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Erie Canal

Fort Plain Free Library

Dates of Original: c. 1880 - 1900

Construction began on the Erie Canal in 1817 and it officially opened in 1825. The canal ran about 360 miles and spanned across most of New York State. The Village of Fort Plain was established in 1831, and the Erie Canal helped enhance the manufacturing businesses of the village, especially the textile mills.

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Henry Darwin Didama MD Collection

SUNY Upstate Medical University - Health Sciences Library

Dates of Original: 1842 - 1852

Henry Darwin Didama (1823-1905) was born in Perryville on June 17, 1823. His father and grandfather, John and Simon Didama, came from Delft, Holland with the Holland Company to settle in Trenton, NY and both worked as doctors. Henry attended Cazenovia Seminary and was a teacher during the winter of 1840-1841. He began practicing medicine in the office of Doctor David A. Moore of Cazenovia and continued under Doctor Nelson A. Powers of Syracuse. He studied at the Geneva College of Medicine and the Albany Medical School, the latter of which he graduated from in 1846 at the age of 23. He then... Read more

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Richard Linke Collection of Adirondacks Re-Viewed Photographs

Adirondack Experience

Dates of Original: 1973 -1974

This collection is a result of a project commissioned by the Adirondack Museum to have Richard Linke photograph historic and significant sites in the Adirondack Park from 1973 to 1974. These sites include both man-made and natural areas that played significant roles in the exploration of the park from 1820 to 1900. Richard Linke is a photographer and was Professor of Photography at Skidmore College for 35 years.

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27th Division in World War Two

New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center

Dates of Original: c. 1940 - 1950

The 27th Infantry Division was federalized for service on October 15th, 1940, and initially commanded by Major General William Haskell. At this time it still retained its WWI organization of two brigades and four regiments. The 53rd Brigade consisted of the 105th and 106th Infantry regiments while the 54th Brigade contained the 108th and 165th Infantry regiments. Following a lengthy period of maneuvers and training, the 27th was ordered to California in December following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. While in California the 27th awaited orders to ship out and concentrated on... Read more

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