The southern Schoharie County, NY area was settled in the 1760s, and a hamlet on the Schoharie Creek named Gilboa became its commercial center. In 1848, lands from the towns of Blenheim and Broome were incorporated and adopted the name Town of Gilboa. Late in 1878, The Gilboa Monitor newspaper began publishing on Thursdays starting in December 19, 1878. In 1915, the hamlet was selected to be the site of a new dam, the land forming the Schoharie reservoir, and the Shandaken Tunnel sending Catskill water to the municipal water supply of New York City. The Monitor ceased publication on October 10, 1918 and the village was flooded soon after in 1925. The digitization of this 40-year newspaper was provided via the efforts of Richard Lewis, Mary Wyckoff, Lee Hudson, Gerry Stoner, the Gilboa Historical Society, and the Town Board.
A more intuitive look
The NYS Historic Newspapers project has fundamentally changed the look and feel of its website. This change increases functionality throughout, and also provides a state map for ease of geographic access. The advantage of this change is the streamlining of access to the website's content. Searches can now be started from any screen by clicking the search option on the navigation bar. This opens a search window without disrupting the browsing experience. In addition, the state map is optimized for searching. Clicking any county will bring up a page that allows the user to search all newspapers within a county with a custom interface, or browse a list of newspapers contained within that county.
Updated search interface
The new search window is simplified for ease of use and contains all of the powerful functionality of the previous advanced search menu. Search options are now selected by dropdown menus. In addition, the search entry box has been relocated to the top of the window. To prevent false result sets, the narrowing functionality has been streamlined, allowing the user to select a newspaper, county, or city with a single click, automatically clearing the other two options. In addition, searches are saved, allowing the user to modify search options on the fly for the best results.
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