Information about New Hartford's past is housed in the Historical Room in the northeast corner of the library. Vopal Youngberg, the town's noted historian, has documented and donated a wealth of information about our town and surrounding rural areas. From newspaper clippings dating back fifty years, to hand-written articles about the beginning of the town, to pictures of the horse and buggy days- it's all here. Each summer we get visitors from across the country doing research on family trees. We have been able to help many find information about ancestors. The information in the Historical Room cannot be checked out of the library, but there are plenty of tables and chairs in which to spread out pictures, clippings, plattes, and articles to view.
Due to the small size or the Historical Room, the historical materials accepted by the Martin Memorial Public Library will be limited to the following: photographs (no larger than album size), local genealogical information, memoirs, scrapbooks, letters and other written materials or CDs that provide information on New Hartford and the surrounding area.
The New Hartford Women's Club is responsible for the contents and the upkeep of the room. It was their project to gather Vopal's information and present it to the public to view. The library is grateful to have its valuable knowledge within our walls.