Michelle Ann Kratts

The Niagara Power Project (according to a 5th Grader)

In Niagara Falls on October 21, 2015 at 6:36 pm

It really isn’t unusual for someone to walk through the doors of the public library with some priceless artifact in their arms. Sometimes there just isn’t any room for things like priceless artifacts in our lives.  I love knowing that people consider the library to be a safe haven for these treasures.

Mr. James Wake, resident of the Netherlands, popped in today without a moment to spare.  His father had recently passed away so he was in the country dealing with the estate and he happened to find an old project he had worked on for Cleveland Avenue School, Niagara Falls.  He thought, perhaps, it had some historical value so he let me have a look. Pieced together in 1963, it is a report from a young resident of Niagara Falls, about the Niagara Power Project.  It is filled with a narrative concerning the power plant, large glossy photos, drawings (by young Jim), and newspaper clippings.  What I like about this is that it is history told by a young person.  It is free from the prejudices that are brought on by age and education.  It is just the story of what a young boy saw around him.  The cover is quite original, too!

Take a look at some of the photos and then come to the library and have a look yourself!

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