Dr. Joan Burke, Director
5631 State Rt. 28N
Newcomb, NY 12852
Mining in the Mountains, The Tahawus Story
Exhibit ran June 2017 – October 2017
The Pruyns of Camp Santanoni
Exhibit ran June 2018 – November 2018.
Behind the Scenes at Camp Santnoni
Current exhibit for 2019, June 2019 – October 14, 2019.
Hours are M-F: 12-5, Sat: 10-5, Closed Sun
If you are from Newcomb, call and schedule a visit to the museum, bring your information and we will start researching right away.
If you are from out of town, call and schedule a visit to the museum, bring your information and we’ll charge $12 an hour to help you start off on your research trail.
Training for Newcomb Residents planned to start in the Fall of 2019
Adirondac, the MacIntyre Development, and Early Newcomb maps, photos, schools, and churches.
Our museum benefactor, Marvin Bissell, was a collector of family genealogies, historical information, photographs, and a staunch believer of benevolent cemetery preservation. We have many artifacts from Marvin, including the Bissell Store sign restored to perfection.
Leslie was a natural historian. He joined historical societies throughout the Adirondacks and developed a network of contacts that reached as lofty as Harvard professors. He wrote articles for all kinds of publications, sought and collected data and histories, documents, photos, and maps. His Collection is extensive and will take a considerable amount of concentrated effort document it thoroughly.
We have yet to find the time required to document and organize our vast collection of maps, consisting of hand drawn surveys on pieces of fabric from the 1800s to early vintage maps of school districts, the early Adirondacks, and the Winebrook development.
We have artifacts and thousands upon thousands of photographs from the first days of National Lead in Tahawus in 1941 to the final days of its deconstruction. Also for your perusal, a full collection of Cloudsplitter copies. Last of all, a rare Shutterfly Book donated by the Environmental Co. Engineer that photographed and documented the mine’s last days.
An early Newcomb citizen, who worked in Santanoni, was a town father as well as a widowed father to his little Rowena, an ancestor of Phyllis Ross Montayne. His documents and ledgers, accounting for churches, businesses, and town business meetings in Newcomb and North Creek.
We are richly blessed with artifacts, photos and treasures from Santanoni and the Pruyn Family, mostly by donation from Susan Pruyn King, AARCH, many townsfolk who have stepped up bringing their collectible artifacts to the Museum for exhibition and preservation purposes.
Browse Our Resources
We have binders of all the Cloudsplitters copied and shelved in the Bissell Room for your use.
You can come in to the museum and we’ll help you find or add information to our Family Files.
14,000 plus scanned images including National Lead, Upper Works, Adirondac, tintypes, Newcomb, people, families, children, houses, mining operations, businesses, personnel, and rangers.
Shelved copies of Newcomb Central School yearbooks as early as 1948.
Theodore Roosevelt Library
We have a fairly extensive collection of books on Theodore Roosevelt.
Historical Images & Artifacts
Author: Leonard A. Gereau.
Leonard has graciously donated proceeds from the sale of this book to the betterment of the Newcomb Historical Museum. The book recalls life growing up in the remote Adirondack mining village of Tahawus, NY from 1941 until 1963, when homes, apartment buildings, churches, and even the village store was transported by huge trucks to Newcomb, NY.
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