Bringing Rochester Voices to Life

The next time you visit the Local History and Genealogy division on the second floor of the Rundel Library, be sure to stop and admire our latest exhibit, Bringing Rochester Voices to Life. Featuring unique primary source materials found in the Special Collections of the Rochester Public Library, this exhibit reveals stories from our past through the voices of people who experienced it firsthand.

These are not just the stories of individuals. Each of the people in this exhibit represents men and women throughout Rochester, New York State, and the nation, who shared similar experiences. Their stories shed light on historical issues and events of broad national significance. They help to make the past present and reveal a diversity of experience not always found in traditional historical accounts.

In 2012, the library received a generous grant from the Gleason Foundation to begin a multi-year project to develop an interactive, mobile-friendly Web site and iPad applications that will allow us to digitize and share our unique primary source materials—and the stories they tell—with a broader audience.

Rochester Voices will be designed to engage K-12 students and teachers, as well as the general public, in the study of local, state and national history as told through the voices of Rochesterians. Audio and video content will be highlighted alongside more traditional sources, such as letters, diaries, photographs, maps and miscellaneous ephemera, to create a vibrant multimedia experience for users of all ages and educational levels.

Abolitionists, artists, composers, educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, military servicemen and women, philanthropists, women’s rights activists, and others. The people and voices highlighted in this exhibit are just a few of the many stories the Rochester Public Library’s collections have to tell!


Posted by Michelle Finn, Deputy City Historian

Published in: on November 15, 2012 at 11:02 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. Anythng that gets kids interested in history is important. All the other social media competes with academics. Good luck with this project. It would be great if there were an Internet component, so thoise of us not in Rochester could particiapte.

  2. Thank you! The finished product will include a mobile website and apps that will accommodate long-distance access. If you have suggestions for the project during its development phase, please feel free to contribute your ideas! You can send them to Michelle Finn at (subject: “Rochester Voices”). We look forward to hearing from you!

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