The City of Rochester Municipal Archives, under the Department of Information Technology, has an extensive collection of historical treasures. Several of these gems will be on display at the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County throughout the month of October, in celebration of American Archives Month.
Items on display include maps of Seneca Park developed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the “Father of American Landscape Architecture”. In 1888, the City of Rochester hired Olmsted to design Rochester’s parks system, including Seneca, Genesee Valley and Highland parks. Today, the City of Rochester’s Forestry Division and the Monroe County Parks Department honor Olmsted’s legacy, maintaining our public parks as beautiful places for all to enjoy.
A student research award, made possible by generous contributions to the Archives Partnership Trust, will be presented in Fall 2020 by the New York State Archives in Albany, NY. All entrants are encouraged to use the local archives and libraries for historical research.
Visit the Municipal Archives and see what other fascinating gems lie within! The Archives are located at 414 Andrews St., Rochester, NY. Call (585) 428-7331 for an appointment.
The Municipal Archives exhibit is currently on display in Central’s Local History and Genealogy Division, located on the second floor of the Rundel Memorial Building at 115 South Ave., Rochester, NY. For more information, please call Michele Rowe at (585) 428-7014.