Welcome to the digital archives of Putnam County, New York! Here we offer an incredible variety of images and records that document Putnam’s rich history. Collective archives from the region officially date back to 1812 and in many cases earlier to our separation from Dutchess County, and span the county from the shores of the Hudson River to the state line in Connecticut, and oftentimes beyond. This digital library celebrates the County’s commercial, agricultural, recreational and cultural history and will continue to grow in scope as items are digitized and posted.
Initial contributions of local business and architecture images were made to the site by the dedicated volunteers of the Patterson Historical Society and its president Ron Taylor. Recent additions from the Putnam County Historian’s Office and Archives include images of the factory workers of the Borden Condensed Milk factory in Brewster, gorgeous tourist photos from the late 1800s of Lake Mahopac hotels, pictures of the “Old Put” railroad line, snapshots of the Oscawana Lake community in Putnam Valley and images from the 1895 Aqueduct Commission’s construction of Croton Watershed reservoirs, channels and dams. Also, don't miss the stunning Ludington family photographs from Kent Historical Society and images of Babe Ruth playing baseball with local children thanks to the Putnam Valley Historical Society.
This collection will continue to grow over the coming months thanks to contributions from local historical societies and museums throughout the County to make primary source material more accessible online to all researchers--from genealogists to educators and students. The public’s input is important, so please feel free to contact the Putnam County Historian's Office at 845-808-1420 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or suggestions and be sure to make good use of the metadata and contacts pertaining to the local societies and museums who contribute to this project.
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