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We Are NY video series

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act on 1966, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation created a series of short videos featuring personal stories about historic places, including Elmwood Village in Buffalo, Rock Island Lighthouse State Park in the Thousand Islands region and the Underground Railroad History Project in Albany. Each video captures the strong emotional connections that New Yorkers have to their hometowns and heritage. They also show that historic places establish a community’s identity and sense of place as well as enrich our lives, and that these special places are the cornerstones of our shared memories.


Rock Island Lighthouse State Park: This We Are NY video showcases the history, people and revitalization of the Rock Island Lighthouse State Park, one of the most prominent scenic and historic tourist attractions along the St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands region.


Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region: Learn about the history and community outreach efforts of the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region in this We Are NY video, including the rescue and rehabilitation of the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence, which served as an anti-slavery meeting place and stop on the Underground Railroad.


Elmwood Village: Find out what makes Buffalo’s historic Elmwood Village neighborhood such a special place to live, work and play in this We Are NY video, including rehabilitation projects at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, Inn Buffalo off Elmwood, and the Richardson hospital complex.