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Haverhill, Massachusetts: From Town to City

by Patricia Trainor O'Malley

In 1850, Haverhill, Massachusetts, was a small mercantile and farming town with slightly fewer than6,000 residents. One half-century later, six times that many people called Haverhill home, and it had become an industrial center ranked as one of the top five shoe producers in the nation. The bustling downtown area featured buildings of uniform red-brick construction; elegant Victorian-style houses and new municipal buildings were erected; and civic pride was very evident. This was Haverhill's "Golden Age." Patricia Trainor O'Malley of Bradford College captures the exuberance and vitality of that era with more than 200 photographs from the Haverhill Public Library Special Collections. Included in this fascinating portrait are some of the oldest-known images of downtown Haverhill from the 1850s and 1860s.

The Atlas Of New Librarianship

by R. David Lankes

Libraries have existed for millennia, but today the library field is searching for solid footing in an increasingly fragmented (and increasingly digital) information environment. What is librarianship when it is unmoored from cataloging, books, buildings, and committees? In The Atlas of New Librarianship, R. David Lankes offers a guide to this new landscape for practitioners. He describes a new librarianship based not on books and artifacts but on knowledge and learning; and he suggests a new mission for librarians: to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities. The vision for a new librarianship must go beyond finding library-related uses for information technology and the Internet; it must provide a durable foundation for the field. Lankes recasts librarianship and library practice using the fundamental concept that knowledge is created though conversation. New librarians approach their work as facilitators of conversation; they seek to enrich, capture, store, and disseminate the conversations of their communities. To help librarians navigate this new terrain, Lankes offers a map, a visual representation of the field that can guide explorations of it; more than 140 Agreements, statements about librarianship that range from relevant theories to examples of practice; and Threads, arrangements of Agreements to explain key ideas, covering such topics as conceptual foundations and skills and values. Agreement Supplements at the end of the book offer expanded discussions. Although it touches on theory as well as practice, the Atlas is meant to be a tool: textbook, conversation guide, platform for social networking, and call to action. Copublished with the Association of College & Research Libraries.

Lexington, Kentucky: Changes in the Early Twentieth Century

by Wynelle Deese

From the 1890s through the 1920s, the postcard was an extraordinarily popular means of communication, and many of the postcards produced during this "golden age" can today be considered works of art. Postcard photographers traveled the length and breadth of the nation snapping photographs of busy street scenes, documenting local landmarks, and assembling crowds of friends and neighbors only too happy to pose for a picture. These images, printed as postcards and sold in general stores across the country, survive as telling reminders of an important era in America's history. This fascinating new history of Lexington, Kentucky, showcases more than two hundred of the best vintage postcards available.

Hartsville and Trousdale County

by John L. Oliver Jr. Trousdale County Historical Society

Trousdale County has a history as fascinating as it is long. The region's early reputation stemmed from its well-known race track, a forum that attracted to town such notables as Andrew Jackson and Sam Houston. In the turbulent Civil War years, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan staged the mostsuccessful cavalry raid of the war in Hartsville, overwhelming a larger Union force and capturing over two thousand men. During Reconstruction, tobacco emerged as a major crop for the area and today Hartsville boasts one of the top tobacco markets in the state. The history of the county is not all famous names and dramatic events; in many ways the most interesting tales are about the ordinary folks and the way they lived their lives. From the time of the earliest settlers, who forged the Immigrant Trail through Trousdale County in the late eighteenth century, to the present, this area has been home to the humble and the great, the freeman and the slave, the patriot and the soldier, the laborer and the businessman. Combining rare images with a wealth of historical information, this delightful volume brings to life the past of atraditional, yet dynamic, region of Tennessee. This marvelous collection of more than two hundred rare images celebrates Trousdale County's rich history and highlights some of the major industries and events that shaped the area. Most assuredly, this book reaches deep into the area's soul, offering up a multitude of strong images and valuable insights for resident and visitor alike.

Augusta in Vintage Postcards

by Joseph M. Lee III

In the early 1900s, America was swept up in the postcard craze. All over the country, people seized on these charming snapshots of life as a means of keeping in touch with friends and family, as well as seeing strange and exciting parts of the world.


by Joan S. Case

Chester, part of the Then & Now series, places the history of this North Jersey community in a new light by contrasting the old and the new. Vintage photographs are paired with contemporary ones, showing both the changed and unchanged elements of the scene. Zephaniah Drake's Brick Tavern, established after the opening of the Washington Turnpike, still stands in the center of town. But the Chester that was once an important iron-mining center, with 30 mines and two railroads, has disappeared from view.


by Mary Ann Dispirito David E. Robinson

Nestled on the shores of Lake Champlain, with views of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains, Burlington, Vermont has attracted visitors and residents alike since the late eighteenth century. Lumber, textiles, shipping, the railroad, and higher education contributed to its growth, creating a city with a unique personality. Burlington's story is aboutcommunity and people; sometimes poignant, ofteneccentric, but always intriguing. More than 200 photographs from selected sources take Burlington from 1860 to 1960, and give the reader a glimpse of the people, places, and events that created the city we know today. They include the changing face of the waterfront, the metamorphosis of streets and parks, downtown growth, a variety of prominent residents, and visitors from presidents to national heroes.

Amherst and Hadley: Through the Seasons

by Daniel Lombardo

Nestled deep in the Connecticut River Valley areAmherst and Hadley, two New England towns responsible for the inspiration of many classic poets, writers, and thinkers of America. In Amherst and Hadley: Through the Seasons, the landscape changes continuously throughout the seasons. Each season brings its own natural beauty and dangers, from the scorching summers to the bitter winters.This photographic history offers a rare glimpse of Robert Frost's world of fire and ice. Visit a place where Ralph Waldo Emerson ate dinners with Emily Dickinson's family and see the site on which Noah Webster founded Amherst College. Look through a visual record of small towns, where the seasonal changes of the hills, fields, and woods inspired local writer Ray Stannard Baker and area photographer Clifton Johnson. Meander through a place that left fond memories in the hearts and minds of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone and writer Sylvia Plath.

Hammondsport and Keuka Lake

by Charles R. Mitchell

Located in the Finger Lakes of New York, Keuka Lakehas an intriguing history spattered with wineries,aerodynamics, and legendary people like Glenn Curtiss. Hammondsport and Keuka Lake continues geographically where Penn Yan and Keuka Lake left off. This historical work covers the periods from the 1850s to the 1960s, the period of black-and-white photography in this area. At one time Keuka Lake was host to a number of wineries lining the lake's shores. Several no longer exist, but throughthe pages of this book, one may look back and share in the magnificence of these businesses' hey days. A chapter is devoted to Glenn Curtiss, an innovative man who was building and testing airplanes at the same time the Wright brothers were working in aerodynamics. Hammondsport has definitely had a number of interesting characters and momentous occasions.


by Alan A. Siegel

Like a cherished old family album, this collection of more than two hundred fascinating photographs of Irvington brings to life people, places, and events of a bygone era. Although the Irvington depicted here--from the time of the Civil War to the 1970s--has changed significantly, its memory remains fresh in the minds of past and present residents alike. Culled from the extensive collections of the Irvington Public Library and Irvington Historical Society, this superb assemblage of images will stimulate many memories. Alan A. Siegel takes us on a delightful journey, starting when Irvington was a tiny village known as Camptown, to the twentieth century when Irvington was transformed almost overnight into a busy industrial and residential suburb of Newark. Shown too are the vital contributions made by successive waves of immigrants who flooded into Irvington during the first half of the twentieth century.

Hanover, New Hampshire: Volume II

by Frank J. Barrett Jr.

Hanover is found nestled along the Connecticut River Valley in the hills of New Hampshire. Dartmouth College arose early in the town's development, thus distinguishing it from the other communities in the area. Scholars and academics from the college led a very mobile existence which focused mainly around the"village at the college." The rest of the town,however, which had been rooted for generations, led a comparatively rural and secluded life in Etna Village and Hanover Center. Despite the fact that these two areas were only one mile apart, they appeared to be worlds away. Hanover, New Hampshire Volume II illustrates the manner in which each of the villages operated on a daily basis around the turn of the century. More importantly, this book offers a unique glimpse into rural village life from family farms, to horse and buggy, to one-room schoolhouses.

Around Burnt Hills

by Katherine Q. Briaddy

Around Burnt Hills offers a unique glimpse into the history of this Saratoga County, New York, community and evokes a nostalgia for the way things used to be. Join Katherine Q. Briaddy in her second Images of America tribute to the people and places of Ballston. Discover an era preserved through the advent of photography and the pieces of history saved by those with an affinity for memories of yesteryear. This volume is made up of a series of love letters found in the attic of a Burnt Hills homethat reveal much about the heritage of the town. They were written between 1926 and 1931, and the engaging stories within them complement the carefully preserved images found in Around BurntHills. All aspects of life are covered, from schoolsto Prohibition to politics and beyond.

Franconia and Sugar Hill

by Arthur F. March Jr.

Although geographically contiguous and linked by their shared industries of early iron works and latertourism, Franconia and Sugar Hill are unique areas with distinct personalities that have developed over the years. The discovery of rich deposits of iron ore in Sugar Hill in the late 1700s and the establishment of iron works in Franconia brought the two areas together in a working partnership. The coming of the railroads brought tourism into both communities, with Franconia supplying the scenery with its mountains and far-famed Franconia Notch, and Sugar Hill rounding out the scenery with a generous offering of grand summer hotels. The sharing of the summer tourist industry was greatlybroadened by the development of skiing in the early part of the present century. Again, Franconia provided the major terrain and Sugar Hill provided many of the guest accommodations, including the first formal ski school at the prestigious Peckett's Inn. With all of its attributes, the area has attracted a number of notables, including movie star Bette Davis.

Along the Toms River

by Ocean County Historical Society

This fascinating visual history features more than two hundred carefully selected photographs that together document the people, places, and events that have defined the city of Toms River and the surrounding area. Located on the banks of the river of the same name, Toms River was first settled in the early 1700s by loggers drawn to the dense forests on the river's banks. During the American Revolution, the village was a constant thorn in the side of the British, and it was attacked and burned to the ground in 1783. The arrival of the railroads in the late 1800s ushered in a new age of expansion which, spurred on by the construction of the Garden State Parkway in the decade after World War II, continues to this day.


by Anthony Mitchell Sammarco

The ease of transportation via the Old Colony Railroad revolutionized Dorchester in the period between 1850 and the Civil War and brought a residential building boom that lasted the next seven decades. The town was annexed to the city of Boston in 1870, and by the turn of the century, Dorchester was one-fifth of the entire city. By the time of the Great Depression, the three-decker, Dorchester's unique contribution to American architecture, was a trademark of the community. Dorchester, part of the Then & Now series, places vintage images alongside contemporary photographs to explore the history of this community's public schools, places of worship, transportation, streetscapes, and historic houses.

Jersey City

by Patrick B. Shalhoub

Patrick Shalhoub has brought together over two hundred fascinating photographs and prints of Jersey City which bring to life the people, places, and events which have created the city's vibrant and colorful history over the centuries. He takes us on a journey into the past. We see the farming communities which dominated the locality from the 1660s through the middle of the nineteenth century, when the area was part of the larger Bergen Township. We then experience the arrival of the immigrants, the advent of industrialization, and the rapid growth of Jersey City from a cluster of farmsteads and villages into the second largest city in New Jersey. Immigration has been the lifeblood of Jersey City's history, and through the images selected here we witness how Jersey City sprang to life with the influx of immigrants between 1830 and 1920-at first, Irish, German, and British, and, later, immigrants from southern and eastern Europe, including Italians, Poles, Russians, and Slovaks. African-Americans were present in Bergen Township from the early days of the city, but their numbers increased with the migration of laborers from the South in the first half of the twentieth century and their important contribution to the city continued. In recent decades, new communities have grown in Jersey City, including Latin American, Asian Indian, Egyptian, Filipino, and Haitian communities.

Gloucester on the Wind: America's Greatest Fishing Port in the Days of Sail

by Joseph E. Garland

Since the development of photography in the mid-nineteenth century, the camera has been used as a tool of both discovery and preservation. Photographs bring alive our image of the past, and can open a floodgate of memories and nostalgia or inspire curiosity and a sense of history. Originally founded by a fishing company from Dorchester, England, in 1623, Gloucester has always been linked to fishing and the sea. By 1870 Gloucester was the leading fishing port in the Western Hemisphere, and its great fleet of fast, white-winged schooners ranged deep into the heart of the Atlantic in search of cod, haddock, halibut, and mackerel. These stunningly beautiful ships and the hardy men who sailed them made "Gloucester" an evocation of courage, perseverance, and seamanship unique in America's maritime heritage.

Boston: A Century of Progress

by Anthony Mitchell Sammarco

On March 4, 1822, the townsfolk of Boston voted to incorporate their town as the City of Boston. A great change had just taken place, but even greater changes were to come during the ensuing century, as Boston's population grew from 50,000 to 750,000 by 1922 and as it developed from a colonial town into the "Hub of the Universe." Boston: A Century of Progress brings to life one hundred amazing years, from 1822 to 1922. More than two hundred fascinating images are combined with compelling text to take us on a mesmerizing journey back into our past and bring us face to face with the people, places, and events which shaped Boston's destiny. Through these images we explore neighborhoods ranging from the North End to Downtown, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and Fenway. We see landmarks and buildings both familiar and long-gone - schools, churches, mansions, stores, tenements, and parks. We meet not only the movers and shakers but also the ordinary people who lived, worked, and played in Victorian Boston, including the vast numbers of immigrants (by 1850, half of all Bostonians were foreign-born).

Echoes of Edgecombe County: 1860-1940

by Monika S. Fleming

Edgecombe County, North Carolina, has a long andintriguing history stretching back to the 1730s, when the first permanent European residents began settling the banks of the Tar River, and beyond, when Tuscaroras roamed the woodlands of this fertile region. Edgecombe County was recognized as a county in 1741; just over a century later it led the nation in cotton production and was well known as a forward-thinking and prosperous county of exceptional natural beauty. The tremendous changes ushered in by the Civil War and Reconstruction coincided with the development of photography. Photographers like S.R. Alley in Tarboro, who captured life in Edgecombe County on film in the crucial era covered here, were unknowingly recording history in a way that futuregenerations will be forever grateful for.

Clifton Park

by John L. Scherer

Vivid and entrancing, the images of Clifton Park contained within this volume span more than a century of memories. Residents of the area, both natives and newcomers, will find a strong connection with the faces and places presented. Rare photographs of Clifton Park, many never before published, provide a glimpse of life from 1875 to 1950. We experience the area's gradual transition, from its agricultural roots through the era of the Erie Canal and the railroads to the early years of the automobile. Through pictures of local industries, shaded dirt roads, homes, and amusement parks, we learn how early Clifton Park residents worked and played. The book also features views of local taverns, general stores, churches, and schools--all the foundations of a changing, strong, and growing community.

Bradford: The End of an Era

by Patricia Trainor O'Malley

For more than 225 years, the town of Bradford, Massachusetts, led an independent life on the Merrimack River. Stately homes lined its main roads, a classic New England common graced its center, and high on a hill stood Bradford Academy, the town's best-known institution. In November 1896, Bradford's long independence came to an end when the town's voters agreed to annexation by the city of Haverhill. Through the camera's eye, readers can stroll through the old town from the bridge to the Common, east along Salem Street and west to the railroad depot. They can visit Ward Hill, the once-sleepy farming community whose transformation to a planned factory village triggered the annexation.


by Peggy S. Brennan Frank J. Brennan Jr.

Few New Jersey towns have retained as much nineteenth-century charm as Cranbury. Set in agriculturally rich Middlesex County, Cranbury is known for its shuttered white-clapboard houses, lovely shaded streets, picket fences, and tranquil lake. First settled in 1697, Cranbury came of age more than one hundred years later when it developed into a bustling center with a gristmill, a sawmill, tanneries, blacksmith shops, and other business enterprises typical of small-town America. These images are fascinating: most of them have never before been published, and many of them were donated from family albums and collections. The recollections of many living residents have been included as well, and the stories, anecdotes, and memories breathe life into the images of a by-gone era. The result is a remarkable visual history, both informative and entertaining, that serves to preserve and celebrate Cranbury's proud heritage. Cranbury is a journey into the past that will thrill resident and visitor, young and old alike.

Amherst and Hadley, Massachusetts

by Daniel Lombardo

Once part of Hadley, the town of Amherst is known the world over as the home of celebrated poet Emily Dickinson. This photographic portrait of Emily'ssurroundings reveals the beautiful landscape that inspired her art, and also includes less typical but nonetheless significant images of hard-working farmhands, Irish laborers, Italian peanut vendors, riotous college students, and feuding factory workers. These two towns at the heart of the Connecticut River Valley have been appreciated by poets and artists for many years, and their bucolic and pastoral character is celebrated in this marvelous new examination of the towns' historyin photographs from 1860 through the early twentiethcentury. Famous residents of and visitors to the area are featured, including Dickinson, Robert Frost, Henry Ward Beecher and Noah Webster. Mr. Lombardo's book combines a serious look at these historical figures with a humorous perspective on some of the area's more colorful characters, such as Charles King, the Amherst barber who became famous for eating fifty eggs in fifteen minutes.

Along the Kennebec: The Herman Bryant Collection

by Gay M. Grant

This wonderful new book takes us back in time to visit the rural communities that thrived along the banks of the Kennebec River around the turn of the century--from Augusta and Gardiner down to Merrymeeting Bay on the coast. Local author Gay M. Grant has brought together more than two hundred beautiful photographs taken by gifted local photographer Herman Bryant between 1890 and 1936. This volume makes these photographs available to the public for the first time. The images bring to life the people, places, and events that defined the history of the area during this exciting era. We see the Kennebec River at its industrial peak, when industries such as lumber, paper, ice, and shipbuilding lined its banks. We encounter buildings such as Maine's old capitol building (before its refurbishment) and the Blaine House as it used to look. We witness terrible tragedies such as the train wreck of 1905, and share in local celebrations too. We experience the Age of Steam and the Age of Sail in their heyday. Most important of all, we meet the people who lived and loved, worked and played in these communities throughout this fascinating period. Through the pages of this book, our past reaches out to us.

Boats and Ports of Lake Winnipesaukee: Volume II

by Phd. Bruce Heald

Lake Winnipesaukee has a long and well-deserved history as one of the most scenic and popular resort lakes in New England. Within this, the second volume of Boats and Ports of Lake Winnipesaukee, you can observe the lake's beauty and enjoy the continued history of the people, boats, and port towns which hug its shore. Lake Winnipesaukee has long drawn visitors to the area, offering a beautiful landscape and an abundance of natural treasures. Boats and Ports of Lake Winnipesaukee Volume II thematically represents the history of the lake's appeal, itssurrounding mountain ranges, its harvest of boats, and its varied island and port towns. As you linger through the pages within, you will witness the evolution of the water crafts that have graced the lake's surface, from passenger steamboats to racing speedboats. Boats have been an integral part of theregion's economy dating back to the early settlement of the area, providing transportation for work and leisure; even today, the continuing romance of boating attracts many travelers to the lake, occasionally enticing some to stay indefinitely.

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