Diane Janowski and Allen Smith gave a presentation "Teenager Life in the 1800s" to the Cayuga-Owasco Lakes Historical Society in Moravia, New York on the evening of November 19, 2009. A good time was had by all.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
New York History Review is proud to announce two new titles this November 2009. Just released are My Story – A Year in the Life of a Country Girl by 15-year old Ida Burnett of Logan, New York (in Schuyler County) in 1880. Ida churned butter, milked cows, sewed her own underwear, canned fruit, but also had time for boys and parties. She lived in the country in Upstate New York and in the whole year did not venture any farther than twenty miles from home.
And for fans of Victoriana -- Victorian Pride - Forgotten Christmas
Songs 1853-1885. This sheet music book is perfect for Victorian themed holiday seasons brimming with elegance and gentility. Wonderful old holiday songs include "Christmas Bells," "Merry Christmas Polka," "Dear Old Christmas Story," "Santa Claus Galop," and many more written. Sixth in a series of historic American sheet music books.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
New York History Review Press announces our new “Learning from History” series of printed primary source materials.
Step back in time and let our first person narratives give you an accurate view of rural Upstate New York teenage life in the1860s through the 1890s. Our accounts of young peoples’ lives on the farm, or in the home, help us to understand their thoughts and experiences. Each narrative offers a unique perspective and serves as an important primary resource in the study of American history.
Our first publication is A Darned Good Time by 13-year old Lucy Potter of Taylor, New York (in Cortland County) in 1868. She writes of classes, teachers, friends, boys, a new stepmother, an invalid aunt, and complains about upstate New York weather.
Second in the series is My Centennial Diary – A Year in the Life of a Country Boy by 18-year old Earll Gurnee of Sennett, New York (near Skaneateles) in 1876. He writes of school, family life, social life, farm life, girlfriends, and hard work. His teacher gets arrested for being too brutal to children, he juggles two girlfriends, he plows, cuts hay, cleans out the horse barn....then wonders why his back hurts!
Third will be My Story – A Year in the Life of a Country Girl by 15-year old Ida Burnett of Logan, New York (in Schuyler County) in 1880. Ida churned butter, milked cows, sewed her own underwear, canned fruit, but also had time for boys and parties. She lived in the country in Upstate New York and in the whole year did not venture any farther than twenty miles from home. Not yet released – coming soon.
Fourth will be Home In These Hills by 24–year old Viola Coolbaugh of Altay, New York (in Schuyler County) in 1891.
Check out these publications and more at
Thursday, May 14, 2009
BIG BOOK of Pictures
New Publication from New York History Review Press
NEW PICTURE BOOK OF ELMIRA AND CHEMUNG COUNTY PUBLISHED!
Step back in time with this new book filled with wonderful postcard and photographic views of Elmira, New York in beautiful Chemung County. Vintage images date from the 1850s to the 1940s.
Black and white images include: views of Elmira - streets, buildings, post office, factories, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira City Hall, the Chemung Canal, Chemung County Courthouse, the Armory, Arnot-Odgen hospital, Star-Gazette, Rathbun Hotel, clock tower, Chemung River, Wisner Park, American LaFrance, Arnot Art Museum, St. Joseph's hospital, Elmira College, Eldridge Park, Rorick's Glen, Arnot Mill on Newtown Creek, Quarry Farm, Lake Street bridge, Main Street bridge, Arnot Gas Works, Delaware, Lackawanna & Western depot, Lehigh Valley depot, Mozart Theater, Gleason's Water Cure, Brand Park, Grove Park, Philo Poultry Institute, Elmira Heights, the State Line Hotel, and Elmira Heights.
Author, local historian, and photographer, Diane Janowski has organized more than 140 of her favorite Chemung County images into one BIG book. Janowski, who served as the former editor of the Chemung Historical Journal, now publishes the New York History Review. Janowski has written two other Elmira history books this year through New York History Review Press - Victorian Pride - Forgotten Songs about Elmira, New York 1854-1919, and the upcoming In Their Honor: Soldiers of the Confederacy – The Elmira Prison Camp.
New York History Review Press is proud to release the BIG BOOK of Pictures (160 pp., $19.95).
Available at https://www.createspace.com/3378122
or visit www.chemunghistory.com