Wilkinson Scrapbook Article – #17

In this article from William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he writes about the Civil War monument that is in Washington Square Park. He notes that “bums” liked to sleep in the park. It is still a favorite place for homeless men. The park is …

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“The Birth of a Nation” in Rochester

One hundred years ago today the classic movie, “The Birth of a Nation” opened at the Lyceum Theater in Rochester for a two week run. This movie ran for over three hours at a time when most movies were about 20 minutes. It is known for being the first blockbuster film. It cost $110,000 to …

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NY Family History Conference, 2015 – #2

At last week’s NY Family History Conference, Stephanie Barrett talked on “Civil War at the NYSL” (New York State Library). She has been a librarian with the New York State Library for over twenty-five years. She is a reference librarian, who specializes in online resources and education. Ms. Barrett referred to the Civil War Resources …

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George Stockweather Shot in Civil War

George Stockweather was my grandmother’s uncle (my great granduncle). He was born in Allegany County, NY on 15 April 1847. He was only 16 years old when he enlisted in the Army on 15 Dec. 1863 in Buffalo, NY. He was assigned to Co. F, of the First NY Dragoons. His unit was in many …

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Ben Lason dies at Andersonville Prison; 150 yrs. ago

My ancestors Silas P. and Nancy Ann (Gibson) Lason (pronounced Lay-son) had 5 sons and 2 daughters. The three eldest sons all volunteered to served in the Civil War. The third eldest, James, served in Co. L,  5th US Cavalry (along with George Custer). James died 27 May 1862 at the Battle of Hanover Courthouse, …

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Gettysburg Address

On this day (Nov. 19th) 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address. He wasn’t the main speaker at the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg. That honor went to Hon. Edward Everett who spoke for over 2 hours. Lincoln’s address was only 3 minutes long but was better at expressing how the country …

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