Historian’s resource pamphlet


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Hurley Historian Research Guide

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Ulster County Archives

UC Archives Brochure

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Christmas Party at Hurley Town Hall


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Current History


The term ‘Current History’ seems an oxymoron.

As we’ve gone through the files in the Archives and spoken with many of you, we realize how easy it would be add information about people, places, and things (and you don’t have to be classified as an antique).

I think many of us are so modest as to think that our contributions to our community are not important enough to be included in the Archives.  WRONG!

Volunteers, town employees, artists, musicians, business people, etc. all play important roles, and in a way echo the continued development of our community.

Don’t be modest, let us include your personal history in our files.  50 years from now, someone will be wondering about the artist who painted that Rooster Weather Vane. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that the information could be found in our archives?


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Archives Progress Report

We are happy to report that we are approaching the half-way point in listing the files contained in the file cabinets on LibraryThing.com

This means that anyone can search our files (and book shelves) by logging on to the Hurley Historian site on Library Thing.  A search can be accomplished by title, author, subject, keywords.  The Dewey Decimal number will indicate exactly where you can locate the file.

We expect that by the end of October, all of the files located in the two, four-drawer file cabinets will be listed on LibraryThing.com

We look forward to your comments on how we can better serve the historical community.

To log on, go to:     http://www.LibraryThing.com

user name:              HurleyHistorian

password:                HurleyTown







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All of our files have been classified

We have completed assigning Dewey Decimal classification numbers to all of our files and other holdings.

While we have not yet cross-indexed our holdings, the modest size of our collection will make finding what you are looking for much simpler and less time consuming.

Everyone is invited to search our archive for topics of interest.

If you have any documents, photographs, books, etc. that you would like to place in our archives, please contact us.

Please let us know if you have feedback/suggestions for improving the archive.

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LibraryThing monthly newsletter

LibraryThing: State of the Thing
Dear Hurley Historian,Welcome to the June 2016 State of the Thing! We’re celebrating Pride this month, plus we’ve got a TinyCat webinar tomorrow, or you can check out TinyCat (and say hi to LT staff) at ALA Annual later this week.

If you’d rather receive a plain-text version, edit your email preferences. You can also read it online. Our State of the Thing archive lives here.

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TinyCat Webinar

Check out TinyCat, the online catalog for “tiny” libraries, at our freeTinyCat webinar tomorrow: Wednesday, June 22 at 1pm Eastern (US). No registration necessary. Simply head over to this link at that time, and you’ll be all set.

» TinyCat Webinar tomorrow

If you can’t make it, don’t worry. We’re also happy to answer your TinyCat questions via email at any time: tinycat@librarything.com. Stay tuned to ourFacebook and Twitter pages for more webinar announcements.

ALA Annual 2016

Hey, librarians! Are you headed to Orlando later this week for the American Library Association’s Annual Meeting? So are we! Stop by Booth #2013 to say hi to the team, and check out what LibraryThing for Libraries’ catalog enhancements can do for your OPAC. We’ll also be showing off demos of TinyCat.

You can grab a free exhibits-only pass here. Stop by! We’d love to see you.

Pride 2016

In honor of the month of Pride, and the family, friends, and victims of recent events in Orlando, we’re encouraging our members to show their support. Our blog post has just a few ways you can help: ways to donate, memorialize, things to read. We’d also love to hear your ideas over on Talk.

Legacy Libraries

LGBT+ Legacy Library project ideas have sprung up as well—let’s keep ’em coming! E.M. Forster is on the horizon in the next few months. It’s a bit of a local project, given that not all of the catalog is readily available online, but stay tuned to This Talk thread for updates on how you can help.

Back in February, we began work on Louis Armstrong’s personal library. We’re pleased to report the legendary jazz trumpeter’s library is complete, and fully cataloged on LibraryThing. See what books you have in common with Satchmo, and browse his library here here.

Talk of the Thing

Is it harder to be transported by a book you as you get older? Even for lifelong readers like most LTers, our reading lives can change as we age. Reading speed, and even the amount of time we have in our days to read have an obvious impact on the experience. Taking off from a New York Times article, come explore this question with us.

Cool titles. Maybe the book wasn’t for you after all, but you still appreciated the title. Maybe you’ve never even read the book, but saw it on a shelf and can’t get the title out of your head. Add to the list of cool titles here.

Free Books: Early Reviewers

You are not currently signed up for LibraryThing’s Early Reviewersprogram. You are missing out!

Early Reviewers offers free books to members—about 100 titles a month! Since 2007, we’ve given out over 160,000 books. The catch? Publishes want your honest review. How you review a book won’t help or hurt your chances of winning books in the future, but not reviewing your winning will.

» Sign up for Early Reviewers

The June batch of Early Reviewers books contains 3,355 copies of 126 different titles. The deadline to request a free book is Monday, June 27th at 6pm, Eastern. Look for the July batch around the 5th.

The most requested books so far from the June batch:

More free books: Member Giveaways

At any given time, there are hundreds of books available from our Member Giveaways program. It’s like Early Reviewers, but isn’t limited to select publishers—any author or member can post books. Request books, or offer your own!

Hot titles this month

  1. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  2. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  3. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  4. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
  5. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  6. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  7. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  8. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  9. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  10. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

That’s it for this month. I’ll see you all in July!

Questions, comments, ideas? Send them my way.

—Loranne (loranne@librarything.com)

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Front row, fourth from the right

If you can identify the young man, hat in hand, in the front row, fourth from the right, you win a prize!  Leave us a comment.


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Winslow Homer Paintings including ‘Snap the Whip’


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