Niagara Gazette

September 25, 2012

Authors produce cross-border publication on border peace

Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — A team of authors from both sides of the border has contributed their talents and time in a project to commemorate 200 years of peace between the U.S. and Canada. 

The result of their combined efforts is "From the Mouth of the Lower Niagara River, A Story From Four Historic Communities" published by The Historical Association of Lewiston, 176 pages, $19.95. The book distributed by Western New York Wares will be available at The Book Corner, 1801 Main St., Niagara Falls, and Bob's Olde Books, 480 Center St., Lewiston. 

In addition to those outlets, three area museums are permitted to sell the book: The Historical Association of Lewiston, the Town of Porter Historical Society and the Niagara Museum and Historical Society, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. Those groups will share the proceeds from the publication. 

Gretchen A. Duling and her husband Dennis C. Duling, a retired Canisius College professor, worked with seven other writers to produce the timely publication in observance of the War of 1812 bicentennial. 

The writers from Lewiston, Youngstown, Queenston and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. are: Tobey Jewett, Linda Fritz, Teresa Sharp Donaldson, Jim Reynolds, Jim Smith, Karen Noonan and Michelle Kratts. Gretchen coordinated the overall effort while her husband handled the editing. 

"Actually, we've been working on this for some four years," Gretchen said, citing the impressive contributions from the individual authors. 

"We're excited that it has reached the proofreading stage and is expected to go to press next week," she added.

County Legislator Clyde L. Burmaster, R-Ransomville, met with the authors recently to present the group a $29,000 check to support the project. He explained that funding was provided to the county Legislature from the Niagara River Greenway Commission to promote the 1812 observance. Earlier, Burmaster called the authors' collaboration an example of how peoples of two nations can work together in a unique manner.  

The Dulings, Youngstown residents, credited the county lawmaker for his "significant role" in the project.