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Every picture tells a story ... of Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH - If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts is a library for Plattsburgh.

Since 2002, the center has been in possession of nearly 200 photos of people and places around Plattsburgh from throughout the 20th century.

In 2002, a student at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Derek Beneke-Bove, was working on his senior thesis which focused on pictures of people and places in the area.

"He got a lot of his information from the library at Plattsburgh," explained NCCCA executive director Susan R. Daul. "A lot of the prints were done out of books. Some were donated from people around town."

Daul explained Beneke-Bove donated the photographs to the art center, where they have been stored for the last eight years.

Now that NCCCA has moved into the federal building, across from their old location on Brinkerhoff Street, they have the space to bring out the photographs from Beneke-Bove's research.

"In the other building we didn't have a place to store a permanent collection, visually," said Daul. "So this will go eventually in our community room."

Until it is placed in the permanent collection, the exhibit will be hung in the main gallery of the center, from now until March 5.

The exhibit, titled "Remember When: A Photographic Journey of Plattsburgh in the 1900s," has an estimated 60 photographs which have been identified in some way, including one of Robert "Bobby" Kennedy during a visit to Plattsburgh.

"How many people knew Bobby Kennedy was here?" Daul asked. "There's a picture of him right there."

For as many photos the center was able to find some information about, there are many more Daul is hoping the community can help in identifying.

"We wanted to identify [them] so we could have permanent plaques made so that when we mount this in the community room, we have a permanent recognition of the piece," she explained. "Who's in the piece, what part of town it was in and we can get that finished."

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