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The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls is an award-winning, regional program created in 1993, charged with the mission to research and present the cultural traditions of the upper Hudson valley and southern Adirondacks of upstate New York. Its core programs - Cultural Events, Exhibitions, and Special Collections - are largely supported by grants, and have attracted a large, diverse regional audience.


Our special collections reflect over a hundred years as a dependable repository of the community's history. Books, serials, photographs, maps, scrapbooks, family paper, business records, art collections, and many other materials are actively added each year, catalogued and stored in an archival environment, and made available to the public via our staffed Research Center. A small sampling of these materials - J.J. Audubon's elephant folio prints; Congressman Gerald Solomon's Scrapbooks; Look Magazine's Glens Falls Hometown USA Photographs; Dr. A.W. Holden's Civil War Letters; Glens Falls Operetta Club Papers; a Lazio portrait of Charles Evans Hughes (a Glens Falls native) - provide a sense of the tremendous depth and breath of our special collection holdings.


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Crandall Public Library, Folklife Center Sub-collections:

Crandall Library History: The history of Crandall Public Library dates back to 1892 when Henry Crandall provided funds for books and a place to keep them, and insisted on free books and services for "anybody who has interest enough in reading." The Crandall Trust, established after his death some 20 years later, keeps his vision alive. Today, as central reference library for 4 counties, Crandall Public Library serves over 1500 visitors daily.
Glens Falls Feeder Canal: This collection covers the boats and the boatmen connected to the Feeder Canal, and the importance of the Feeder Canal to the development of industry in Glens Falls-South Glens Falls-Hudson Falls-Fort Edward.
Crandall Folk Art and Artist Collection: Folklorist Todd DeGarmo has collected contemporary folk art from upstate New York and other regions to support Folklife programs and exhibitions at Crandall Public Library since 1986. Each item has supporting materials on artist, tradition, etc. in Folklife Collections files.
Glens Falls Hometown USA:  This is a sampling of over 5000 photographs taken by Look Magazine photographers in 1943-44 for a series of six articles in 1944 presenting Glens Falls as a patriotic model of the home front during World War II.

Abby and Will Csaplar Lake George Collection: This is a sampling of the over 8000 images of Lake George found in stereoviews, postcards, photographs, maps, publications and ephemera collected over 20 years by Abby and Will Csaplar and donated in 2012.

Families of Upstate New York: This ever-growing collection represents a collective cultural heritage of people and places of the upper Hudson Valley and southern Adirondack regions. Family photographs, along with contextual information, are shared by members of Warren, Washington, Saratoga and Hamilton County communities, to be made digitally available to the wider public. The original photographs remain in the possession of the contributors.


Art and Aritifacts


Battenkill Inspired: The waters of the Battenkill, flowing from Vermont through southern Washington County to the Hudson River, are the source of inspiration for the art and artifacts showcased in an exhibition during the first half of 2015.  Battenkill Inspired showcased the work of contemporary artists, as well as taking a look at the river’s culture: the covered bridges built to cross, the many industries that once drew power from its flow, the lure of Dionondehowa Falls and its pleasure park and the electricity generated for a trolley system, the world-class trout fishing with its own original fly patterns and personalities, the 1960s-70s decorated rafts for a timed float and competition, and current efforts to preserve this valuable resource.



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