Clinton County Historical Association museum Director Melissa Peck displays prints made from the museum’s glass plate negative collection. Prints are available for sale through the museum.
Photo by Shawn Ryan.
Plattsburgh The Clinton County Historical Association museum has been putting the finishing touches on several long-anticipated exhibits, and they will be opening their doors Saturday April 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Once Upon a Time: The Historic Hotel Champlain,” “Haute Couture: Summer Styles of the Early 20th Century,” and “Snapshots: A Pictorial View of Hospitality and Recreation in Historic Clinton County,” will focus on the early travel and hospitality industries in Clinton County, and dovetail with the recent region-wide focus on promoting the North Country as a tourist destination.
The centerpiece of the displays will be two extensive glass plate negative collections the museum has acquired, and numerous photographs made from the negatives.
The collection itself is absolutely amazing,” said Director Melissa Peck. “For several years the Clinton County Historical Association has been diligently identifying, sorting, re-sleeving and generally rediscovering a collection of over 15,000 glass negatives dating back to the late 1800s.”
Prints made from the negatives can also be purchased from the negatives in sizes ranging from 8” by 10” up to 20” by 30.”
“They are incredibly high resolution when they are printed.”
Peck says that they have had quite an interest in the collection, mostly from genealogists researching their families. Many of the negatives are portraits, but several also depict landmarks and accommodations from the late nineteenth to early twentieth century from all around Clinton County.
“The potential for storytelling in the Clinton County Historical Association is tremendous. The county has always been a crossroads, a place where cultures and nations meet,” she said in a press release. “Clinton County is still a major thoroughfare along the east coast that connects people from Canada to the American South, and urban populations with rural and more isolated hamlets of the Adirondacks to the west.”
A listing of available glass plate negatives can be found on the museum’s website, www.clintoncountyhistorical.org.