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LOCKPORT – C. Gordon Porter, of Barker, a self-described country boy, talks about his experiences growing up on a family farm amid the transformations of the 20th century and put his story to paper in his book, “A Time to Live: A Country Boy’s Life Through the 20th Century.”

Porter will share his nostalgic view of the past in a presentation and book-signing at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church St.

His research of his ancestors for his book has also led him to discover the life of an ancestor, John Honeyman, and will speak about this ancestor in a presentation at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in “A Spy for General Washington.”

In addition to his newest career as lecturer and author, Porter retired in 1951 from a career in the technology of cattle breeding and has taught painting.

“A Time to Live: A Country Boy’s Life Through the 20th Century,” is available at the Discovery Center and at the Niagara Falls History Center, 215 Niagara St.