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Canastota's railroad days

The third annual series of Canal Side Talks leads off with "Railroad Days in Canastota" by longtime newspaper editor and publisher Mike Milmoe. The historical talk and slide show will be held on Monday Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Canastota Canal Town Museum's Education Center on North Canal Street, just three doors east from the museum.

Milmoe will discuss the four railroads that served Canastota in its history, some railroads that were announced and failed to materialize, accidents that involved trains and people, the days when local businessmen said that Canastota was destined to be the leading railroad center between Albany and Buffalo and other interesting happenings involving Canastota and the railroads.

A lifetime Canastotan, Milmoe is the former town of Lenox historian, officer in a failed scenic railroad effort and a former president of the Canastota Canal Town Corporation. He is founder and treasurer of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and spent much of his adult life publishing the Canastota Bee-Journal.

Other presentations include Ed Brophy and Ross Stagnitti speaking on "The Boxing Hall of Fame, its history, its importance to the community and the famous people who it attracted to Canastota," on Feb. 9 The Hall of Fame marks its 20th anniversary next year.

On March 9, "Abolition and the Underground Railroad in Central New York" will be presented by Norman Dann Ph. D., professor emeritus of Morrisville College and author of "When We Get To Heaven, Runaway Slaves on The Road to Peterboro."

On April 6, Gilles J. Roy, educator, craftsman, and boat builder at Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum will present, "So You Think You Know DeWitt Clinton."

The monthly talks are free, refreshments will be served and the public is encouraged to attend.

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