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Wendy Nardi runs a tight ship at the Trentoniana Room, presiding over an extensive collection of maps, photographs, newspapers, trade-cards, directories, and books (and much, much more) all dealing with Trenton’s past. In the old days, people could have pretty much free run of the place. Then, stuff started disappearing from the collection and showing up for auction on eBay.
So don’t be surprised if Wendy kind of gives you the evil eye until she learns to trust you, and your reasons for being there.
But there are so many reasons!
- Want to see what your house used to look like? The room has an extensive collection of tax photos of many houses in the city, all cataloged by address, and dating from the 1920s to the 1950s.
- What was going on in that empty lot across the street, in the old days? Wendy can look up the parcel in insurance maps dating back to the mid-19th century through the mid-20th, so you can track how ownership and land use changed over time.
- Did your dad (or grand-dad) go to Trenton High? Find his high school yearbook picture!
- Tracking genealogy of someone from Trenton, and know the dates of a birth, death, or marriage? Find the announcement in the Trenton newspaper on microfilm.
If you get on her “A” list, Wendy will let you bring in a laptop and scanner, and make digital copies of photos and documents that you need. All in all, it’s an extraordinary resource for anyone interested in the history of Trenton. And it’s all free, with a library card.