Steele Memorial Library staff are celebrating Hattye Skelley Day today

We are celebrating Hattye B. Skelley Day at the Steele Memorial Library. In honor of the day, library staff members will be wearing their favorite hats. After taking good care of her brother Otto, Hattye donated $250,000 of her estate Continue reading Steele Memorial Library staff are celebrating Hattye Skelley Day today

New to the Genealogy and Local History Section

New books in Genealogy and Local History Reference Section: Historical and Genealogical Atlas and Guide to Barnstable County, Massachussetts (Cape Cod) by Marjorie Hubbell Gibson Boldt Castle: Heart Island — Alexandria Bay NY and the Thousand Islands Tulpehocken Settlement Historical Continue reading New to the Genealogy and Local History Section

New to the Genealogy & Local History collection: 1931 Church directory and the Soundex cards on microfilm

New to our collections: A member directory from 1931 of the South Presbyterian Church in Elmira on the corner of Pennsylvania Ave and Southport Streets.  In 1931, they were already over 100 years old.  Today, the church is gone.  It Continue reading New to the Genealogy & Local History collection: 1931 Church directory and the Soundex cards on microfilm

Our precious books repaired–Thank you, Friends of CCLD!

We have some really wonderful, hard-to-find and hard to replace reference books in our popular genealogy and local history section of the Steele Memorial Library.  But, even if these books don’t leave the library, they have seen a lot of Continue reading Our precious books repaired–Thank you, Friends of CCLD!

Anniversary of a heroic WWI Pigeon: Cher Ami, Savoir of the Lost Battalion.

On this date in 1919, Cher Ami, a carrier pigeon and recipient of the Croix de Guerre Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster for Heroic Service in World War I, passed away in Fort Monmouth, NJ as a result of wounds Continue reading Anniversary of a heroic WWI Pigeon: Cher Ami, Savoir of the Lost Battalion.

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – Newspapers Online

Researching newspaper articles is a great way to get primary source information on a topic of interest.  They’ve never been more accessible to everyone, either, all you need is an Internet connection and some trusty sites to search.  Here are Continue reading Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – Newspapers Online

On this date 100 years ago: Elmira’s Crystal Eastman lobbies for Women’s Suffrage in Washington D.C.

I was glad to see good news on the front of the Star Gazette today: thousands of people showing up in downtown Elmira to support cancer survivors and the Komen Foundation, and the news that the Elmira YWCA received $19,000 Continue reading On this date 100 years ago: Elmira’s Crystal Eastman lobbies for Women’s Suffrage in Washington D.C.