To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act on 1966, the New York State Office of Parks,
Recreation and Historic Preservation created a series of short videos featuring personal stories about historic places,
including Elmwood Village in Buffalo, Rock Island Lighthouse State Park in the Thousand Islands region and the Underground Railroad History Project in Albany.
Each video captures the strong emotional connections that New Yorkers have to their hometowns and heritage.
They also show that historic places establish a community's identity and sense of place as well as enrich our lives,
and that these special places are the cornerstones of our shared memories.