Saturday, September 24, 2016


With Halloween "just around the corner," volunteers this week looked for books on spirits in the Bullis Collection. Here are three of several that they found:

Spirit Rapping Unveiled! An Expose of the Origin, History, 
Theology and Philosophy of Certain Alleged Communications from the Spirit World,
by means of "spirit rapping," "medium writing," "physical demonstrations," etc.
By Hiram Mattison (1811-1868)
Published by Mason Bros., New York, 1853

Footfalls on the Boundary of Another World
By Robert Dale Owen (1801-1877)
Published by J. B. Lippincott & Co, Philadelphia, 1860

The Widow's Mite and Other Psychic Phenomena
By Isaac K. Funk (Isaac Kaufman Funk) (1839-1912)
Published by Funk & Wagnalls Company, New York, 1904

Sooo ... we suggest you stop by the Bullis Room and spend some time with these books (and any others you find of interest). And next week we'll have another list for you. (And that's a promise!)

Thursday, September 8, 2016


Today,  Star Trek fans around the world are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the series. Fifty years ... half a century ...  very impressive.  

The Bullis Collection has a book that you Star Trek fans out there might also find impressive. (At least, some of our Bullis volunteers who are also Star Trek fans have "oohed" and "ahhed" while looking at the maps and diagrams.)

A New Star Atlas for the Library, the School,
and the Observatory in Twelve Circular Maps:
Intended as a companion to 
'Webb's Cellestial Objects for Common Telescopes'
by Richard Anthony Proctor
Published in London by Longmans Green,  in 1881

The Star Trek series (according to several sources) reflects the fictional universe in the 23 or 24th century, over 200 years in the future. Proctor's book, with its charts, maps and diagrams, shows the universe as understood 135 years in the past.  Comparing the Star Trek universe, the 1881 view, and our current knowledge of the skies is interesting, to say the least.

So we suggest you add A New Star Atlas ...  to your "must stop by the Bullis Room and look through these books" list, and plan to do that soon.

Saturday, September 3, 2016


If any of the Macedon Bullises had been living at the time of the first Lumberjack Festival, they surely would have  been involved in some way, because they were known for their community  loyalty. No, they probably wouldn't have competed in the various events, but perhaps they would have shown their support by their attendance  or by sponsoring an event. They might even have offered some of the trees from their property to be used for the competitions. And this latter is where we drew a connection with the local festival and the Bullis family because there are several books on trees and wood in the Bullis Collection.

If you are also interested in this subject,  you'll want to look through these books that are on the shelves here in the Bullis Room:

Wood Preservation in the United States
by W. F. (William Forsythe) Sherfesee
Published by U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington D.C., 1909

Timber: An Elementary Discussion of the
Characteristics and Properties of Wood
by Filibert Roth
Published by U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division,
Washington D.C., 1895

Formulas and Tables for Architects and Engineers
in Calculating the Strains and Capacity of Structures in Iron and Wood
by Franz Schumann
Published by W. Choate & Co., Washington City, 1873

Strength Values for Structural Timbers
by McGarvey Cline
Published by U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, 1912

So ... the next time you're in the library, consider spending some time with these books - or some others - in the Bullis Room.

Friday, August 26, 2016


We want to remind you of two lumberjack events in our community. The first is a presentation tomorrow here in Macedon Public Library's Community Room, and the second is the Macedon Center 34th Annual Community Lumberjack Festival in September.

Tomorrow (Saturday, August 27, 2 PM) Marty Dodge,  (currently volunteer woodsmen coach for FLCC), will present his new video, "In Celebration of the Joy of Coaching." This video will highlight some of his experiences in his 37 years as FLCC's Woodsmen's Team Coach (1974 to 2011). Included will be successful techniques that made FLCC's team the most successful woodsmen's squad in the country for the 70-year history of the annual college spring championship. Marty will also display a few items of equipment that are essential for competitive success.

We hope you can experience tomorrow's presentation because it will give you a greater appreciation of the skills that contestants will be using during the Macedon Center  34th Annual Community Lumberjack Festival, September 10 and 11. Gates open at 8 PM each day, and admission is only $3 Adult, $2 Seniors and $1 Kids 6-14. You'll get to see log rolling, two-man crosscut, chain sawing, ax throwing, hot saw, spring board, and more.  A grease pole climb (which is great fun to watch) will also take place at 5 PM on Saturday. And there are lots of displays by crafters and collectables offered for sale both days as well as a petting zoo.  Food is available all day, starting with a lumberjack breakfast (7-11 AM, Saturday; 8-Noon, Sunday).

And speaking of lumber and wood ... there are several interesting books in the collection covering these topics. We'll talk about those in our next post.

Monday, August 22, 2016


It's four years away from the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, the amendment that prohibited any United States citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex. And last Thursday (August 18) the 96th anniversary of this landmark legislation was celebrated at the Susan B. Anthony Museum in Rochester, just a "hop, skip and a jump" away from the Bullis Room.

Again, we remind you that The Life and Works of Susan B. Anthony  by Ida Husted Harper (1851-1931) is on the Bullis Room shelves.  Just ask for help at the library's front desk for help in locating and using this book.  (Just looking through it gives the reader a much greater appreciation of Anthony's accomplishments.)

We also hope you'll click on this link for our 2009 post on this blog, highlighting Nettie Bullis's influence on other women and girls of her generation as well as the work of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton:

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.