Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Pictorial history of Fairport and Perinton published

By Richard Palmer

FAIRPORT - 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

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 preservation 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The book includes previously-unpublished photos and construction and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

added by David Minor:
If you go:

WHAT: Copies of the new book “Then and Now: Fairport and Perinton,” will be signed by authors Bill Keeler and Keith Boas

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon May 9 in the Gaffney Meeting Room of the Fairport Public Library, 1 Village Landing

CONTACT: Bill Keeler at the Perinton Historical Society, 223-3989. Books will also be signed during the Perinton Historical Society’s Historic House Tour, from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 26 at the South Perinton Methodist Church, 291 Wilkinson Road, which will be a central base.

DETAILS: Copies of the book will be available for $21.99 beginning April 9 at the Perinton Historical Society, 18 Perrin St., Fairport; Perinton Town Hall, 1350 Turk Hill Road; local retailers, online bookstores or through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com or (888) 313-2665. All author royalties will be donated to the Perinton Historical Society.

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