Sunday, July 17, 2016


With the summer weather come thoughts of outdoors ... and outdoor sports.  So volunteers spent some time this week looking for Bullis books on that subject.  Here's what we found.

For those of you interested in activities for young men, we suggest you take a look at:

Athletic Sports and Recreations for Boys
by J. G. Wood, 
published in London & New York,  Routledge & Warren, 1861

However, if you're an adult who likes the outdoors, you might want to spend some time with these books, the first of which was written by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Hunting Trips of a Ranchman, Sketches of Sport on the Northern Cattle Plains
by Theodore Roosevelt
published in New York by G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1905 (c. 1885)

Wild Northern Scenes: or, Sporting Adventures with the Rifle and the Rod
by S. H. Hammond
published in Philadelphia by John E. Potter & Co, 1863

And for those of you who are very adventuresome, this may be the book for you.

Lake Ngami; or, Explorations and Discoveries, during
four years' wanderings in the wilds of  southwestern Africa.
by Karl Johann Andersson
published in New York by Harper & Brothers, 1856

Happy reading!  

Friday, July 8, 2016


The Orbs Around  Us: A series of familiar essays on the moon and planets, meteors, and comets, the sun and colored pairs of suns is the full title of a book from the Bullis shelves written by Richard A. Proctor and published in London by Longmans, Green and Co. in 1872.

The title gives a good description of the contents, and those of you interested in the sky will want to spend some time with this book. Besides the moon, planets, meteors, comets, and suns, the author also includes two essays titled "Other Habitable Worlds." Proctor discusses whether there are inhabitants elsewhere as well as on Earth--and remember,  this is written from the perspective of 144 years ago. Interesting, to say the least!

If you enjoy star gazing, we think you'll want to look through this "old" book and get some "new" ideas about what to look for, when and where to look, and the meaning of it all.

The door to the Bullis Room is open. Come on in.

Thursday, June 23, 2016


Before you venture out this summer to enjoy some of our many wonderful national parks, we invite  you to take a look through this item from the Bullis archives:

General Information Regarding Yellowstone National Park:
Season of 1918
Written  by the National Park Service, United States
Published by the Government Printing Office, Washington, 1918

This 82-page booklet can give you an interesting perspective about Yellowstone - the way it was a century ago compared with what it is today.   And you'll  be able to better appreciate the wonders in the park's almost 3,500 square miles full of lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges in the states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.

(Have a safe trip!)

Thursday, June 16, 2016


The next time you are in the library, you'll want to spend some time looking at the display in the case outside the Bullis Room. This month, the display showcases Bullis books that pertain to Flag Day and our War of Independence.

Here is a partial list of those on display:

The Pictorial History of the American Revolution;
with a sketch of the early history of the country.
By Robert Sears (1810-1892)

The Life of George Washington, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces;
during the war which established the independence of this country, and
first president of the United States
By John Marshall (1755-1835)
Published by Crissy & Markley, and Thomas, Cowperthwait and Co., 1850

The Pictorial Field-Book of the Revolution;
or illustrations, by pen and pencil, of the history, biography, scenery, relics, 
and traditions of the war for independence
By Benson John Lossing (1813-1891)
Published by Harper & Brothers, 1855

The books will be back in the Bullis Room, available for reading, in mid-July.  So please plan to visit the Bullis Room to take a closer look at some of them. We especially recommend The Pictorial Field-Book of the Revolution as a reminder of what our military men and women did for us during that war as well as all the wars that have followed.

Thursday, May 26, 2016


May is National Military Appreciation Month. And one way we can truly appreciate this country's current and past military personnel is to better understand what they experienced while serving their country.

These four Bullis books relate the personal experiences of military personnel in the mid-1800s and early 1900s:

My Story of the War: 
A Woman's Narrative of Four Years Personal Experience 
as a Nurse in the Union Army, and in relief work at home,
in hospitals, camps, and at the front during the war of rebellion.
With anecdotes, pathetic incidents,and thrilling reminiscences portraying 
the lights and shadows of hospital life and the sanitary service of the war.
By Mary Ashton Rice Livermore
Published by A. D. Worthington and Company, Hartford, 1888

The Autobiography of a Veteran, 1807-1883
By Conte Enrico Moroso della Rocca
Published by Macmillan, New York, 1898

My Army Life and the Fort Phil. Kearney Massacre,
With An Account of the Celebration of "Wyoming Opened"
By Frances  Courtney Carrington
Published by Lippincott Company, Philadelphia, 1910

A Soldier's Memories in Peace and War
By George John Younghusband
Published by E. P. Dutton & Company, New York, 1917

Even though the month of May is set aside for us to show appreciation to our military personnel, any day or month is appropriate to do so. Therefore, feel free to stop by anytime during the year the to spend some time with one or more of these books.  

And on behalf of the Bullis family, we say a sincere thanks to all of you who have served, or are serving, in our military.

Sunday, May 22, 2016


Since our country is in the midst of another general election year, we've been looking through some of the Bullis books about past elections. This week, we focused on:

A New, Original and Authentic Record of the Life and Deeds of
General U.S. Grant
By Frank A. Burr
Published by H.B. Graves, Rochester N.Y., 1885

Included in the text is an account of Ulysses S. Grant's election to the presidency.  At their May, 1868 national convention, the Republicans  unanimously selected Grant as their candidate for the presidency. The 1868 election was the first following the Civil War and this nation was still in recovery from that devastating event.  The Republican party supported the Reconstruction plan set up following that war, while the Democratic party generally opposed the plan.  Grant's victory resulted in the original Reconstruction plan being implemented. (And one result of this was Congress's ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment, a/k/a the right to vote.)

Can books about past elections give us some perspective on the current campaign? We suggest that they can. Author Frank Burr's book is available for your use, during regular library hours.

Friday, April 29, 2016


Yes! Today is Arbor Day in New York State! And our environmental conservation friends tell us it's a good day to plant a tree.

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation says the holiday, first celebrated in 1872, was created to encourage farmers and settlers to plant trees for shade and lumber. For us today, it's a good time to help our environment by adding to the tree population.

And it's also a good time to look at some of the Bullis "tree books" to get ideas about the kind to plant as well as how to identify and care for those that may be currently growing in and around our neighborhoods.

So we invite you to stop by the Bullis Room and look through some of these "oldie but goody" books. And then, we can all get out our shovels, dig a hole, and plant a tree.

Here's a list of some of the "tree books" you can find in the Bullis Room:

Our Native Trees and How to Identify Them
Author: Harriet Louise Keeler
Publisher: C. Scribner Sons, 1900

A Guide to Trees
Author: Alice Lounsberry
Publisher: F. A. Stokes, 1900

What May Be Learned From a Tree
Author: Harland Coultas
Publisher: Appleton, 1860

Handbook of the Trees of the Northern States and Canada, 
East of the Rocky Mountains
Author: Romeyn Beck
Publisher: R.B. Hough, 1924, C1907

Familiar Trees and Their Leaves, Described and Illustrated
Author: Ferdinand Schuyler Matthews
Publisher: Appleton, 1911

Manual of Cultivated Trees and Shrubs,  Hardy in North America
Author: Alfred Rehden
Publisher: Macmillan, 1934

Oh - one more thing - a trivia question!  What is New York's state tree?