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Pictorial History of Fairport and Perinton published
By Richard Palmer   - 04/07/2009

The Crooked Lake Review

Arcadia Publishing, well known publishers of local and regional history books, has just published a new book entitled "Fairport and Perinton" which features many rare views of the Erie Canal.

The book is by local authors William Keeler and Keith Boas. For more than a century, the town of Perinton and village of Fairport, just east of Rochester, have thrived on the banks of the Erie Canal and along the railroad. Through vintage photographs the reader can see what changes have occurred over time.

Keeler, curator and director of the Fairport Historical Museum, said "the book celebrates historical preservat on and is a fitting tribute to preservation efforts in the village of Fairport, which just passed a preservation ordinance in 2008."

The book includes previously-unpublished photos and construction and the break in the Embankment near Bushnell's Basin.

Co-author Boas is a native of Faiport and is a well known postcard photographer. Recently he published selection of postcards featuring the Erie Canal.

One chapter focuses on urban renewal and the changes it wrought in the appearance of the village. The book explores the construction and opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, and coming of the Barge Canal in the early 1900s.

The book is available at area bookstores, or from Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadia publishing.com.




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