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Branding your library with Local History: Historians/Historical Societies

Enhance your library's image by uncovering your community's past! From book displays to online exhibits; learn how to introduce patrons to your local history treasures.


Nearly every town or county has an officially appointed historian or established historical organization that promotes the study of local history. If you are unfamiliar with where to initially focus your historical collection or programs, it is a good idea to attend a few meetings as a representative of your library. This also builds a connection with individuals who can volunteer their services for programs or special research. 


Author Talks/Booksignings 

Author Sally Wortmann visits Wallkill Public Library to discuss her book "Stitches in Time"; a historical fiction based on the 19th century wedding dress owned by her ancestor. Guests were invited to bring items from their past they consider "heirlooms". 


Travelling Exhibits and Outreach

For Veterans Day, 2013, the Wallkill Public Library was invited by the Historical Society of Shawangunk and Gardiner to attend a special World War II program. Posterboards featuring photographs of local veterans from past and current wars were put on display and brochures for the library's historical collections were passed out to nearly 60 guests.

Wallkill Public Library Archivist Matthew Thorenz gives a lecture on the history of the "Wallkill Land Patent" to members of the local historical society.