“I want people to gain an appreciation for the history of the town,” said Leath. “In my introduction, I use the metaphor of weaving it all together.”
Miles away and chapters later, Leath takes a closer look at the history of Selkirk, and the roots of the establishment of rail service through the area. The construction of the roundhouse at the Selkirk Railroad Yards is clear in one photo. Its roots are attached to a $25 million project designed to make the area a point of relief for congestion at rail yards in Albany.
The book also includes images of passenger rails that traveled through Selkirk until 1959, traveling past a small train station that underwent little change through the first half of the 20th century.
Leath admits that there are some who may not want to know anything about the town’s history, but said that the history buffs are out there.
“It’s very individual,” said Leath. “People have always been interested in the history of their particular house, or neighborhood, or town. There’s been tremendous support. I think it’s holding pretty steady,” referring to the inquiries she has had about Bethlehem’s history in her position at Town Hall. “The history buffs are definitely out there.”
“Bethlehem” will be released Nov. 14, and can be found at local retail stores. The book will also be on sale in the town clerk’s office. Leath plans to be at the Delmar Farmers Market selling books in November, as well.