Milstein Division of United States History, Local History & Genealogy is one of the largest genealogical collections freely open to the public.
Recently I obtained a library card by filling out an online application and faxing or emailing identification showing my legal residence. Even if you have no intention of going into the city to use the library collection, their library card will give you access to e-resources, some of which your library may not have access to.
I used my card to obtain an electronic copy of the table of contents of a book that was in storage. One of the services that they offer is Electronic document delivery of up to 50 pages of materials that are in storage. This gave me insight into what information was contained in the book so I could determine whether it was worth a trip into the city.
Silk Scarf Painting
On Wednesday, December 9th the Local History Room presented the historic craft of painting on silk scarves given by Vivien Pollock. Silk painting is creating art on fabric with silk as the canvas. Silk painting can be traced back to the 2nd century AD in India when the 'wax resist' technique for embellishing silk was used. Silk painting in India reached its pinnacle of popularity during Moghul rule in the 17 - 19th centuries.
Celebrating the Holidays with the Dutch!
On Wednesday, December 2nd the Local History Room celebrated the holidays as the Dutch due in the Netherlands. Participants assisted with making dough for the Letterbanket cookies and they took home paper shoes filled with Dutch goodies.