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A collaborative effort by authors from the United States and Canada has produced a new book featuring history, anecdotes and photos from four significant communities along the Lower Niagara River. Proceeds from the book will benefit area historic associations.

The recent publication of the soft-cover book, “From the Mouth of the Lower Niagara River, Stories of Four Historic Communities,” is the culmination of three years of work by volunteers from both nations. Contributors representing Youngstown and Lewiston on the American side of the river and Niagara-on-the-Lake and Queenston on the Canadian side met monthly to work on the project.

Proceeds from the sales of the book will benefit the Historical Association of Lewiston, the Town of Porter Historical Society and the Niagara Historical Society and Museum in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.

The book will be for sale, and its authors on hand to sign copies at 7 p.m. Monday at the Town of Porter Historical Society’s meeting. Lewiston author Norah Perez also will be on hand to discuss her historical novel “River Burning.” The historical society meets in the Youngstown Civic Center, 240 Lockport Road, and this meeting is also sponsored by the historical society and Friends of the Youngstown Free Library.

While the book’s publication date was timed to coincide with the staging of many local events recalling the War of 1812, the book emphasizes the two centuries of peace the two countries have since enjoyed.

“Besides being a well-written, beautiful text, this book epitomizes the celebration of 200 years of peace between two nations,” said Pamela Hauth, executive director of the Historical Association of Lewiston. “Writers from both sides of the border came together to produce this work. The Historical Association of Lewiston was pleased and honored to help get it published.”

Book-signings are also scheduled for noon Nov. 24 at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Museum; for 7 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Niagara Historical Society Museum, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.; and for 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Lewiston Public Library.

The authors’ group was headed by retired educator Gretchen Duling of Youngstown.

“It was clear that there were times when the Niagara River was not so much a border between two countries but instead a strong link connecting people, which provided for the development of a relationship of economic and cultural heritage,” she said.

The book was published with the help of a grant administered by the Niagara River Greenway Commission, with additional funding from the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission.

The $19.95 book is available at the three historical associations and at more than 20 other locations throughout Niagara and Erie counties, including the Book Corner in Niagara Falls; Bob’s Olde Books in Lewiston; Talking Leaves in Buffalo; Barnes and Noble; and through its distributor, WNY Wares Inc., at www.buffalobooks.com.

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