Exhibits at the Chapman Historical Museum
Parchments, Papers & Prints
To celebrate Warren County’s Bicentennial the Chapman is partnering with the Warren County Records Center to organize an exhibit of rare manuscripts, maps and legal documents, many of which date back to the early days of the county. The exhibit features such items as the 1774 Land Grant for the Robert Kennedy Patent, the 1813 naturalization application of Elizabeth Norman, the 1820 pension application of Revolutionary War veteran Philaster Pinney, and the Field Book of the Essex & Warren County Line, a survey undertaken in 1844. Also included are appointments by governors Clinton, Seward and Tompkins, an early map of Caldwell, Civil War enrollment books, jury rosters, a Firemen’s Exemption certificate from 1872, and the County Almshouse register.
Tom Lynch, who served as Warren County Records Manager from 2004 to 2012, is guest curator of the exhibit. Of the thousands of documents stored at the Records Center he selected sixty five that represent a sampling of the types of records that the county has kept over the past 200 years and now preserves. Each document tells a story that provides insight into not only the activities of county government but also the lives of the county’s inhabitants. They tell us about ambition, conflict, social relationships, community issues, commerce and the evolving need for regulations and services.
In this exhibit we have tried to look for stories that reflect all of the communities in the county. For example, there is an 1848 school report from Johnsburg and an 1863 Vital Records report for Stony Creek. One also will find a computer display of 1920s photographs of public works projects undertaken throughout the county. These provide glimpses of the Warren County landscape almost 100 years ago.
This project was funded by grants from Warren County, the Leo Cox Beach Philanthropic Foundation and the Waldo T. Ross & Ruth S. Ross Charitable Trust Foundation.