The same ingenuity
that harnessed the river, and tamed the wilderness soon blossomed in an industrial
revolution of innovation. In 1880, George Eastman founded the business that would
lead Rochester to its current role as the World's Image Centre.
camera, and the new plateless film process Eastman invented, made it possible
for photography to become a pastime for the masses. "Just push the button
and we do the rest," the company said and millions did. His stately home
has been restored as the International Museum of Photography.
Eastman was tinkering with his film, other Western New Yorkers dreamed of revolutions
in transportationin particular, the dream of flight.
a native of Hammondsport, Steuben County was one of the founders of modern aviation.
His 1908 flight just west of the village was the first pre-announced public flight.
He spent 20 years in litigation with the Wright Brothers over the rights to his
inventions. The Glenn H Curtiss Museum now tells his
of History back home?