Ariel Aberg-Riger is a self-taught artist and visual storyteller who lives in Buffalo. By day, she works as a Creative Director in New York.
Even during social distancing, you can time-travel back. Here's how I explored the history of my own street.
A friend of mine once told me life is short, but it is wide. I’ve been thinking about that lately, less in terms of life, but in terms of space. Most of us aren’t going anywhere these days. Our circles are smaller, our paths closer to home. Space is short. But there’s a different way to go wide when you can’t go far, and that’s to go back.
- Public Library Collections: NYPL Maps & Atlases
- Newspaper Archives: Newspapers.com
- State Historical Societies: New York Heritage Digital Collections
- City Archives: Buffalo Historic Resources Intensive Level Survey
- Online Neighborhood Groups: Facebook Groups
- Postcards on eBay: Postcards of Buffalo Parks on eBay
- Library of Congress (or they have a great Flickr too), National Archives
- Hathi Trust
- Smithsonian Open Access
- OEDb’s State by State Open Access Directory