The PWPL Local History Center is excited to announce our collaboration with Chronicle, a new collaborative platform designed to connect communities through shared collections of images. Anyone can participate. Install the Chronicle app on your iOS mobile device or visit the website at onechronicle. com. Create an account and add recent photos of events and scenes from around town or scan and upload historical photographs. The photos uploaded to the Port Washington Chronicle will be moderated here at the Library, and approved additions will be publicly visible. We hope you enjoy building the Chronicle of our town! To learn more, contact Vanessa Nastro at localhistory@pwpl. org
When this picture was taken, I felt that I was holding Port Washington history in my hands. For all its wonderful diversity, Port Washington has a long and storied past and that is something in which I take a great deal of interest. The picture brings to mind that Henry Remsen Tibbits was a member of a prominent Port Washington family. The building we now know as the Bank of America began its life as the Port Washington National Bank of which Mr. Tibbits was the first President. I got a kick when I read that the portrait of Mr. Tibbits I am holding was inscribed to Alison C. Wysong, Esq., another name from Port Washington’s past and like me, a Port Washington attorney. I sometimes come across old legal documents prepared by Mr. Wysong and wonder what the practice of law was like back in his day. Maybe in some future day a picture, or the future equivalent thereof, will be taken of someone holding the picture of me holding the Tibbits/Wysong portrait and the link to Port’s past will continue.
I grew up in Port Washington in a house full of books, where they were treasured and actually took over some rooms. My family were readers and active library users. When I joined the Friends of the Library in 1986, I was excited and honored to be part of our community’s largest “home” for books. I soon learned that the Friends does much more than books. I became actively involved and have been Friends‘ president for many years. Through outreach, advocacy and fundraising we expand programming throughout the library, supporting the Classic Book budget, Book Club in a Bag, e-readers, the Great Library Card Adventure, Tutor.com, the Museum Pass Program, Soundswap and Sandwiched-In lectures.
Volunteering for the Friends and being part of the library community are now integral parts of my life. I am so proud of the Friends and of the expansive universe of the Port Washington Public library which now includes much, much more than books.
Artist: Rose Weinstock Title: Books Medium: Oil on canvas Date: c. 2006
Trees are the most important element in the Port Washington streetscape. They make all the difference in the world and I’m a great advocate of planting trees. It was a great project of the Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington when we started almost 50 years ago. The tree is a logo of the group. From trees I took a great interest in parks. And then I realized that Port Washington has a great, long history of environmental groups starting with the Lyman Langdon Audubon Society. Now there are a half-dozen environmental groups in Port Washington. So I love this etching of a tree, by Aida Whedon. I also have a personal connection with her because she gave art lessons to my two daughters.
To carry the tree analogy even further, the Port Washington Public Library is one of the branches of my life that I am most involved in. I have been a trustee for seven years and read stories to the youngsters in the Children’s Room Story Circle every chance I get.
Artist: Aida Whedon Title: Spring Must Not Be Far Away Medium: Etching. Edition 1/50 Date: n.d.
This photographic exhibition looks at personal connections to original works of art.
Each historical painting, etching, photograph, map and graphic has played a role in the lives of the men, women and children who are portrayed here. Look at your neighbors through the lens of photographer Ken Spencer. Engage in the art they are holding, and find deep layers of meaning that unfold frame by frame, generation through generation, time and again.