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Collecting Craig Colony Stories
Did you work at Craig Colony and want to preserve your experiences?
The Livingston County Historian’s Office is facilitating a project to collect information about Craig Colony, and those who worked there, for historical documentation and research purposes. The materials collected will help ensure that the experiences and perspectives of Craig staff members will be preserved and a more comprehensive view of the institution is captured.
View and download a questionnaire outline here. You may write out responses or contact the County Historian's Office to set up a time to tell your stories in person or over the phone. Thank you for helping preserve history!
Audio/Video Collection Now Live
Catch glimpses of downtown Avon and Letchworth State Park from the 1950s. Listen to memories of West Sparta, Caledonia, and Groveland elders. Even watch Livingston County sheriff’s deputies take on the Buffalo Bills for a basketball game in 1991!
Saving this vintage media was made possible by a fully-funded 2023 Collections and Access Grant from the Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC). The audio and video files are freely available on NY Heritage.
New Information on Poorhouse Cemeteries
The Livingston County Historian’s Office recently facilitated a ground-penetrating radar (GPR) survey at both Livingston County Poorhouse cemeteries in Geneseo. The survey revealed new data about the sites, including locating 75 unmarked graves.
Hidden Histories: The Tavern on the Canal
New Photo Gallery Launched
The Livingston County Historian's Office is pleased to present an improved photograph gallery to showcase just a few of the thousands of photographs held in the archives.
Check it out and let us know what else you would like to see! View the photo albums here.
New county historian appointed
On May 27, Amie Alden retired after over 25 years of public service. Deputy Historian Holly Watson was named to the position by the board of supervisors. Click here to read more.
Livingston County Heritage Tours: STQRY
Utilize everyday technology to access these virtual tours onsite or from afar! Each trail makes stops at important locations and landmarks around the county. Start exploring stories for yourself through Livingston County Heritage Tours!
- Click on the map icon () on the top right for a map of each tour
- View the master maps from the bottom bar for all stops in the county
COVID-19 Documentation Project
The County Historian’s Office wants to hear about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted you, no matter what your experiences or viewpoints are. Are you tired of COVID-19 and feel your life has returned to normal? Is the pandemic continuing to affect your day-to-day? Input from all ages is valued.
All information gathered will become part of the County Historian’s permanent archival collection and made accessible to researchers. Stories and images may also be used for future exhibits.
The Women's Biographical Review is the County Historian's newest foundational reference book, published as part of Livingston County's bicentennial year. It features 200 women associated with Livingston County from the 18th-21st centuries.
Order your copy through the County Historian's Office!
Photographs from the Archives
Holly Watson, County Historian
Madeline Friedler, Deputy Historian
Livingston County Historian's Office
5 Murray Hill Drive
Mt. Morris, NY 14510 (Open Map)
Monday - Friday, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm, mornings by appointment
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Have an item to donate?
We may be interested! Donations are assessed on historical significance, research value, and condition. Please contact us with any questions.
Accepted materials may include:
- Letters, diaries, ledgers, scrapbooks, and papers generated by individuals, businesses, institutions, and organizations in Livingston County;
- Photographs, postcards, and maps;
- Digital and electronic records;
- Other ephemera that directly relates to Livingston County.
Materials not accepted may include:
- Artifacts, including textiles, housewares, furniture, agricultural implements and tools;
- Excessively damaged, moldy and/or dirty items;
- Items that have a loose connection to Livingston County but do not have inherent research value (ex. books used in a local school, etc.)
We urge donors to keep collections together to preserve vital contextual information. Before you send items to different repositories, give us a call.
For more details, view the Collection Development and Management Policy and Donation Form.
Thank you for supporting our efforts to preserve historical information!