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    • 1863-05-22 (after) letter from James Thitchener to his sister

    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence;
    • James and his comrade Alexander M. Valet write to James sister Sally about the events of the last year. James doubts that the War will end soon, "but time will tell". He thinks the Union "has goon in", and seems to have been indifferent as to who...
    • 1863-06-08 letter from James Thitchener to his sister

    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence;
    • James is happy to hear from his sister about the family farm animals. The army has been on the move, but he wasn't well enough to travel. He mentions how heavy the loads are and his friend Whitmore Baxter who has lost a thumb. James mentions that...
    • 1863-08-05 letter from James Thitchener to his aunts

    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Hospitals; United...
    • In the last letter written by Thitchener in this collection, he writes to his aunts explaining why he hadn't written in a long time. Once again, he frets about wanting to be sick enough to be discharged. He is tired of the War, the long marches and...
    • 41 Second Avenue, Nyack, NY

    • Houses; Architectural decorations & ornaments;
    • This Nyack house is old enough to appear on the 1884 Burleigh map, "Nyack on the Hudson." The gingerbread under the eaves and the cut arrows under the porch may be genuine, but the stick railing could be fairly new. It's difficult to evaluate the...
    • Bill Davenport oral history interview

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    • Bill is part owner of the HeritagEnergy Oil Company. In the early 50s, his parents told him not to plan to go into the family oil business as there was not enough business to support two families. He instead decided to become a history teacher upon...
    • Fire Department, Congers, NY

    • Fire alarms; Fire stations; Postcards;
    • This hand-colored postcard pictures the Alert Hook and Ladder Company building of the Congers Fire Department. The simple building had a window on the left, double doors for the fire truck in the center and a pedestrian door on the right. Behind...
    • FIRTHCLIFFE CLUB, Firthcliffe, N. Y.

    • Postcards; Clubs; Clubhouses; Dance; Leisure; Recreation; Sports & recreation facilities;
    • The owners of the Firth Carpet Company built the clubhouse for their employees. The first floor had a pool and billiard room and reading and card rooms. The second floor had a gym and dance floor. The basement had bowling alleys. In 1917 movie...
    • Helen Hayes Performing Art Center, Nyack, NY

    • Theaters; Theatrical productions;
    • Actress Carol Lawrence performed in "Mame" in Nyack in June and July of 2000. The Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center was established in a movie theater on Main Street in Nyack after the demolition of the old theater on Broadway. The name of Miss...
    • Hook Mountain, Nyack, NY

    • Mountains; Quarrying; Parks; Bathhouses; Postcards;
    • The huge scar left by the quarrying industry is visible above the building remodeled by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. The message on the back refers to the building: "Hello Margretta the little Houses that are seen on this Postal Card...
    • Nyack Policemen

    • Police;
    • Nyack policemen, in full uniform, face the camera. The banner behind them would probably define the occasion but not enough of the message can be read. In the front row are (left to right) Raymond Gray (Happy), Everett Forshay, Charles Sherwood,...

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