GREENBURGH, N.Y. Equipped with a town map dating as far back as 1867, the Greenburgh Public Library is adding to its local history room.
The room, which opened in September, holds over 450 hardcover books, as well as a map drawer, a picture file, microfilm of the Journal News from 1961 to 2005, atlases of the Hudson River Valley, and a collection of old newspapers, including the Hartsdale Times from 1930 to 1940 (when the paper cost three cents).
"It's a new beginning for the town of Greenburgh regarding the preservation of the town's history," said Nancy McCrory of the Greenburgh Public Library. "Local history is so important to hold onto, and we don't want to leave any history behind."
Both McCrory and John Sexton, the library's executive director, encourage Greenburgh residents to donate their special "artifacts" to the local history room to make its substance greater. "We have to collaborate with the community to create more local content," said Sexton. "People have stories here. The stories that belong to our community can't be replicated elsewhere."
The history room also holds old yearbooks from most schools in the community as well as old town budgets and brochures. In addition, the room also has Westchester County and New York State history available.
"This room is for anybody with an interest in Greenburgh history and anybody with an interest in preserving the community's history," said McCrory. The room is only to be used for research, McCrory said, not for studying or to hold meetings.
Patrons can call ahead of time so that a librarian can start searching for the needed materials. A driver's license or library card needs to be left at the reference desk. The Greenburgh Public Library is currently looking to recruit volunteers to work in the room.
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