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    Niagara Falls names panel to lead 125th anniversary observance

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    From the Buffalo News:

    City Historian Elaine Timm was named chairwoman of a committee that will organize this year’s events to mark the 125th anniversary of Niagara Falls becoming a city in 1892.

    The city was incorporated on March 17, 1892, and the city will mark that date in conjunction with the Ancient Order of Hibernians’ annual St. Patrick’s Day event in the Niagara Falls Conference and Events Center.

    A Facebook page, NF125 Anniversary Committee, will be used to announce upcoming events and contests, and to share historical information. Residents also may use the page to suggest community events.

    Historic photos in Falls going digital

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Many of the Niagara Falls Public Library’s historical pictures of the city are falling apart.

    That’s to be expected – some are 150 years old.

    The roughly 10,000 historic photographs in the archives of the Local History Department are being given new life thanks to a new digitization project at the library by City Historian Christopher R. Stoianoff.

    “There’s a need for it, that’s the biggest thing,” Stoianoff said when asked how the effort began.

    The photographs, contained in a half-dozen filing cabinets, are the most heavily used and handled items in the Local History Department.

    It’s a preservation issue, both for the quality of the pieces – some of which are crumbling – as well as to prevent more photographs from “disappearing” from the library.

    The goal is to have all the images accessible online through the library’s website.

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