The new book Rome Memories, A Photographic History of the Early Years (Rome Daily Sentinel, 2019) offers a glimpse into life in Rome, NY from the mid 1800s through the 1930s.
Rome Memories is a compilation of scanned images obtained from the public, and the collections of the Rome Historical Society and Oneida County History Center.
For over ten years long-term volunteer Mike Huchko has been working on organizing and cataloging the Rome Historical Society’s photograph collection. During that time he has unearthed many interesting photos from Rome’s early days. Train wrecks, car races, plane crashes, and more.
Huchko has scanned thousands of photos and glass plate negatives that have been donated to the Society. Huchko also fields photographic requests from researchers. This research involves searching through tens of thousands of photos; many of which are the work of two Romans, C. B. Howland and J. M. Brainerd, who captured news events as well as social gatherings in Rome during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Rome Memories will be released to the public on Wednesday November, 20th at 6 pm at the Rome Historical Society, followed by the Rome Historical Society’s program Highlights from the Photo Collection. Mike Huchko will show some of the favorite images he has discovered including photos of sporting events, early views of Camp Kingsley, and even a “walk down Dominick Street,” circa 1900. Also featured will be select images from the Peter Leonard Collection, a photo collection of over 1,000 photos which the Society purchased in 2017.
The program is free and open to the public.
For more information, call the Rome Historical Society (315) 336-5870, or visit their website.
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