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New book shows history of Clinton County through photographs

PLATTSBURGH - The history of Clinton County can now be seen in 183 photographs.

Clinton County historian Anastasia Pratt spent seven months working with Arcadia Publishing on her first book, "Clinton County (Images of America)."The book joins hundreds of others in the Images of America series which as been produced by Arcadia Publishing since 1993.

"It's photos from all over the county put into eight different categories to show life during the earliest times to the present," Pratt explained of the book. "As a historian, I have access to all these wonderful photos and I'd like more people to be aware of them," she added.

Pratt said Arcadia Publishing was interested in doing something on the whole county, with specific books about Champlain and Chazy already having been published.

According to Pratt, the book features photos ranging from farms in Ellenburg, to logging trucks, to the Plattsburgh Air Force Base, and numerous local churches.

"Every photo has a caption and the captions had some research explaining the history in each photo," she said, adding most of the photos speak for themselves.

"There should be at least one image in every [town]," Pratt added. "I tried very hard to make sure there were."

However, with the quick turnaround time of the book, Pratt admits she's already found some mistakes, which will be fixed in future editions.

"We had two photos in particular that were in the collection and labeled incorrectly and so people have been kind enough to tell me that and tell me stories to go along with the photos," she explained.

Pratt said she also hopes to hear some more stories at her upcoming book signing to take place at Corner-Stone Bookstore on Margaret Street Saturday, Nov. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m.

"I do hope that people will come and look at some pictures and tell me some of the fun stories," she said. "Or things that they remember about particular places. I think that's what I hope more than anything. It'll be a time to share some stories of the past."

Although she doesn't know if she'll be the author, Pratt said she hopes more books will be published in the Images of America series focusing on Plattsburgh and some of the surrounding towns.

Copies of Clinton County (Images of America) can be found in Plattsburgh at Corner-Stone Bookstore, the Clinton County Historical Association, Peaceful Dove, Meyers Gifts and Walgreens. Conroy's Organics in West Chazy, and Cornerstone Drug and Gift in Rouses Point, also carry the book.

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