Big Spring is a
thoughtfully researched, highly readable celebration of the rich heritage of
the Genesee River Valley,
Pittsford, NY and
the Big Spring
that first drew generations of Americans to the area.
The Seneca Tribe who lived in the Genesee River
Valley for five centuries
were the fighting elite of the Iroquois Confederacy. The author chronicles the series of seminal
decisions that led to the gradual displacement and ultimate downfall of these
proud indigenous people.
New Englanders immigrated to the great frontier of western New York State
in the early 19th century seeking the well-publicized “agricultural el dorado”. These
pioneers were of hearty stock and by nature, strong-willed risk-takers. From both of these sturdy gene pools came
generations of brave war heroes, inspirational politicians, compassionate
humanitarians, creative inventors, and revolutionary entrepreneurs. Their
influence has been substantial not just locally but throughout the state, the
country and the world.
Follow the lives of
resident humanitarians Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony as their inspired
civil rights efforts make history. Consider the courage displayed by lesser-known
local heroes who farmed, taught school or ran stores during the day and became
“conductors” on the area’s Underground Railroad after dark. Oral histories of secret passages, tunnels,
caverns and hidden rooms take readers on the “last 100 miles to freedom” ride.
Seamlessly woven throughout
the text are fascinating facts that define the uniqueness of the Genesee River Valley.
While closely tied to its agricultural roots, the area is home to several of
the world’s most prestigious business enterprises and was the birthplace of a
wide variety of revolutionary technologies, business strategies and labor-management
practices. Discover how Genesee Valley
residents shared amateur photography, xerography, the UPC label, self-service
groceries, white hots and cream style mustard with the world.