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May 2, 2013

Railroad history can be found at library


A few books that researches are always interested in seeing are “Our Home Town Railroad” by James Catella, “Leatherstocking Rails” by Jim Loudon, and “The Oneonta Roundhouse” by Jim Loudon. Pictures in these books are captivating and also provide historical information on the railroads.

There are also have many postcards and photographs of the area in our collection that depict railroad depots, shops and other scenes representing mostly the Delaware & Hudson Railroad, but also include the Ulster and Delaware Railroad, the Albany and Susquehanna, and Electric Trolley lines. For a time, Oneonta was home to the biggest Roundhouse in the world. You can see photographs of that roundhouse here at the library. The collection is well worth spending your time looking at it, for it is the railroad industry that put Oneonta on the map.


Librarian Sarah Livingston is conducting workshops this week and next on a variety of topics. United Kingdom Genealogy is offered on May 8 and DNA Genealogy on May 10. Call 432-1980 for details on the workshops and to register.

Also, Sarah has workshops for e-readers and the Download Zone scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week. If you have a device and would like to learn how to use it, take advantage of this free workshop. Sarah will also show you how to download free ebooks available through the library’s Download Zone. An audio book workshop is available tomorrow and you’ll learn how to use your device and how to download books for listening as well. Call 432-1980 for more information and to register for these workshops.

Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.

Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at

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