###CONTACT: Edward Parham Director of Public Relations Rueckert Advertising and Public Relations Tel: (518) 446-1091
Albany, NY - Claire Puccia Parham, Ph.D., author of The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project: An Oral History of the Greatest Construction Show on Earth (ISBN: 978-0-8156-0913-1, $34.95; 328 pages; Syracuse University Press), will give a free presentation and sign copies of her book on Weds., Dec. 16th from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at the Librarians' Room on the 7th floor of the NYS Library's Cultural Education Center as part of the Noontime Speaker Series. The Clifton Park resident's current book, which took four years to complete, reveals the human side of the Seaway project in the words of 53 engineers, carpenters, laborers and their wives. It highlights the dangerous and brutal working conditions, the larger-than-life equipment, the construction dilemmas encountered, and was written as a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the project's 22,000 workers. Puccia Parham, a graduate of St. Lawrence University who currently teaches history at Siena College in Loudonville, NY., published her first book From Great Wilderness to Seaway Towns: A Comparative History of Cornwall, Ontario and Massena, New York in 2004. Puccia Parham, who grew up in Watertown, NY, gave two presentations at the Frank S. McCullough, Jr. Hawkins Point Visitors Center in Massena as part of the Seaway's 50th Anniversary Celebrations in July. For more information, contact Sheldon Wein at NYSLTRN@mail.nysed.gov, call 474-2274, or visit www.clairepucciaparham.com. All programs are free and open to all New York State employees and the general public. Feel free to bring your lunch.