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About the New Hartford Public Library

The New Hartford Public Library (NHPL) is a full service member of the Mid-York Library System, a confederation of around fifty libraries in the Oneida-Madison-Herkimer Counties’ region of Central New York. The library offers many special programs and boasts the third highest circulation in the area. NHPL provides a multitude of current, high-demand, high-interest materials in a number of formats to meet its patrons’ educational, research, lifestyle, and recreational needs. The library connects thousands of patrons with websites that enhance their lives. The NHPL leadership, in this era of rapid technological progress, believes that adaptation and change are the new norms and pledges to meet the evolving needs of all it serves. Visit the New Hartford Public Library website. 

 

About the New Hartford Historical Society

New Hartford, founded by Jedediah Sanger in 1798, is one of Oneida County’s oldest settlements. The Historical Society attempts to preserve and collect all historical materials for the Town and Village of New Hartford and brings people together through their common interest in this rich past. Monthly meetings are held in the New Hartford Public Library's Sammon Room. The society houses collections, photographs, and research files in its research center in the ground floor of the former library, previously the old Point School, in the center of the village. The Society was formed in 1941, but temporarily disbanded in 1952. The organization rose again in 1976 and has an ever-growing membership of 200 today. Barbara Owens Couture has been its president for more than ten years.  Visit the New Hartford Historical Society website.

 

Industries of Old New Hartford Collection

The Industries of Old New Hartford Collection contains photos from the archives of the New Hartford Historical Society, organized and maintained by Barbara Couture, Janice Reilly, and other society members. Additional material regarding this subject can be accessed by visiting the society, located in the basement of the Old Point School, 2 Paris Road, New Hartford, NY 13413. Contact information, and a fascinating video that shows the society’s facilities, can be viewed on the New Hartford Historical Society's website. The society boasts an unequalled collection of New Hartford memorabilia. Data about the photos was entered into this website by Jack Henke of the New Hartford Public Library, the Historical Society’s partner in creating this digital collection. 

This collection depicts factories of the Town of New Hartford’s initial industrial era in the latter 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. The photos reflect the influence of the industrial revolution on the town and its surrounding area, when mills located on fast-flowing streams were built to take advantage of abundant water power. Significant aspects of workers’ lives appear in the photos; company housing, working conditions, entertainment, and strikes all find illustration. Also, the collection’s images of the American Fork and Hoe Company and the Perry & Kramer Feed Mill demonstrate New Hartford’s role as a commercial center for the many farms in the area surrounding the town.

 
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