Postcard: Passenger Pigeon

Passenger Pigeon (extinct 1914)


Presented to the Library by Cazenovia resident Fred Blakeslee in 1943, the passenger pigeon is a prized item in our Museum.  The story of this once-numerous species, which became extinct in 1914,  serves as a cautionary tale of man’s dramatic impact on the natural world.

In the summer of 2014, the Library opened Fashion Takes Flight, an exhibit investigating the impact of fashion on various bird species. This exhibit can be found in the original building’s reference room.

Bird enthusiast will also enjoy our case of local birds collected, preserved, and presented to the Library by Rob Hubbard. This collection is housed in its original glass case in Museum Room One.