|Vivid and entrancing, the images of Clifton Park contained within this volume span more than a century of memories. Residents of the area, both natives and newcomers, will find a strong connection with the faces and places presented.
Rare photographs of Clifton Park, many never before published, provide a glimpse of life from 1875 to 1950. We experience the area's gradual transition, from its agricultural roots through the era of the Erie Canal and the railroads to the early years of the automobile. Through pictures of local industries, shaded dirt roads, homes, and amusement parks, we learn how early Clifton Park residents worked and played. The book also features views of local taverns, general stores, churches, and schools—all the foundations of a changing, strong, and growing community.
John L. Scherer, town historian and longtime resident of Clifton Park, is associate curator of history at the New York State Museum in Albany, NY. Scherer has written numerous articles for antique and history publications in New York, and has taught at SUNY Albany. His fondness for the area and knowledge of its past are clearly evident in this compelling visual history.