Noted photographer Carleton Watkins was born in Oneonta on Nov. 11, 1829. He moved to California during the gold rush and traveled with another Oneontan, Collis Huntington. Watkins developed an interest in photography while working at a portrait studio. He then became interested in landscape photography and is remembered for his photographs of Yosemite Valley taken in the 1860s. These photos helped influence Congress to make the area a National Park in 1864 to preserve it.
Watkins was known for his “Mammoth Camera” and it is believed he created the largest body of work in photography of anyone of his generation, approximately 10,000 photographs in all.
Weston Naef, founding curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, is co-author with Christine Hult-Lewis of “Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs,” which took more than 20 years to compile. He has generously donated a copy of this book to the New York State room at the library. The book was awarded the Kraszna-Krausz prize for best photography book of 2011.
Naef will present “Carleton Watkins Photographer: The Forgotten Genius of Oneonta,” at Huntington Memorial Library from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. He will discuss Watkins and his work. This program is free and open to the public.
October Genealogy Programs
Librarian Sarah Livingston will be hold a series of genealogy workshops during October. Registration begins on the Thursday two weeks before each workshop and is required for all sessions. Register in person or by calling 432-1980. Material fees are payable at the time of the workshop. Workshop computers are provided compliments of the Four County Library System.
Immigration and Naturalization Records: Learn where to find immigration and naturalization records during this workshop which will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, and 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 3 to 4 p.m. Online and print resources will be featured. Fee $5.
Internet Resources for the Genealogist: This workshop will be an introduction to available resources such as Mormon records, USGenWeb, Ellis Island, Castle Garden, and email lists,and Ancestry.com Library Edition. Fee $5. Choose either 10 to 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, or Tuesday, Oct. 23.
Understanding Census Records: This workshop will focus on all things census. Learn about the types of census records, how they are organized, how to use them, and where to find them. Choose one of two times: 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, or Thursday, Oct. 25. Fee $10.
Ancestry.com: At this workshop learn to navigate through Ancestry.com Library Edition. Databases of Ancestry, along with searching tips and how-to’s, will be covered. Includes research time. There is no fee. The workshop is scheduled for 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, or 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 (choose one).
New York City Genealogy: This introductory workshop on New York City resources introduces you to repositories, museums, libraries, and archives records available. Sarah will also talk about the history of the City you need to know, the websites that can help you search for your ancestors and more. It is scheduled for 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, with a fee of $10.
Research in the United Kingdom: Learn how to trace your British ancestors overseas. Discover which Internet resources can help you and find out where to write for records. It will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24. Fee is $10.
Military Records: During this workshop, you will learn how to locate and request records for your military ancestors. Online resources will also be included. It is scheduled for 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17.
Japanese Paper Balls
Pat Oertel will discuss her hobby of creating Japanese paper balls and demonstrate the unique 12-sided paper ball using origami paper. Participants will join in, working on a paper ball from imagination to make decorative centerpieces, ornaments and more. Enjoy an unusual craft and bring along a pair of scissors. This program will be held from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Oct. 15. Registration is required and a materials fee of $3 is due at the time of registration to hold your spot. This program is sponsored by The Friends of Huntington Memorial Library.
The library will be closed Monday to observe Columbus Day.
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 www.thedailystar.com/