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Collections will interest WNY history enthusiasts

This late-winter season brings with it a host of offerings that will be of interest to people who enjoy learning about Western New York's history.

Among the selections:

*A 166-page, spiral-bound edition of a favorite Niagara County historical work -- designed to stay open as you drive around town, checking out the sites -- has been released by the North Tonawanda History Museum, in cooperation with the County of Niagara and the Association of Municipal Historians of Niagara County and other County historians, the Historical Society of North German Settlements in Western New York and the Niagara County Historical Society.

The book, which updates a 1975 publication, is a new edition of "Niagara Historic Trail: A self-guided historic tour of Niagara County." The $15 book is available through the North Tonawanda History Museum and will also be available at other cultural and tourism locations. Inquiries may be made to the museum at: 314 Oliver St., North Tonawanda, NY 14120.

*"Buffalo Voices & Visions," an assemblage of poems, photographs, narratives and other writings celebrating -- and ruminating on -- the City of Buffalo and her people, by G.E. Murray, is out from Western New York Wares, and available online at The book is a posthumous publication of the author, who passed away shortly before it was released; Murray, a poet and critic, was a Canisius College alumnus who published seven books of poetry during his lifetime. The 111-page softcover book costs $14.

*Also out from Western New York Wares is a volume entitled "Remembering Old Buffalo," by Joseph H. Radder. The book, subtitled "The Glory Years in Western New York," is a collection of memories related to places like Crystal Beach, customs like Sunday drives into the country, and historical moments in time, such as Buffalo's old streetcar lines. The softcover book sells for $14.

*"Mob Boss: A Biography in Blood," a book about the Buffalo mob written by local author Mike Hudson, is out from Power City Press in Niagara Falls. The paperback, which has black-and-white photographs and a narrative beginning with a quote from Machiavelli, runs 120 pages; it costs $20.

-- Charity Vogel

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