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Applications and guidelines are available for the state's $1.4 million Underground Railroad Heritage Trail Grant Program, Gov. George E. Pataki announced.

The trail will consist of a network of designated historic sites, plus regional and local interpretive centers, to tell the story in areas with few publicly accessible sites. So far, a Site Designation Committee has designated 24 historic sites onto the heritage trail, and they will be eligible for site improvement and interpretive funding.

"Through this new program, we will preserve and interpret many of the significant historic sites across New York State that are associated with the Underground Railroad and the anti-slavery movement," the governor said.

Applications can be obtained from Heritage New York, Corning Tower, Room 2328, Albany, NY 12242, or through the Heritage New York Web site at For more information, call Heritage New York at (518) 473-8591.

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