Signs of Distinction
The History of New York State as Told by 51 Welcome Signs
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Fifty-one unique New York towns with great stories to tell, from L. Frank Baum's and Jello's hometowns to the birthplace of the Women's Rights Movement.
Across New York State, small towns and big cities alike have stories to tell. A unique travel guide for history buffs, Signs of Distinction delves into the varied stories revealed on town welcome signs. Welcome signs in every corner of the state beckon visitors, urging you to stop and explore. After all, who could resist stopping in a village that declares itself, "The Birthplace of Jell-O?" Similarly, the town that calls itself, "The Bandstand of the Finger Lakes," makes you want to dance! Fifty-one stories—each accompanied by a photograph of the welcome sign—share the history of these communities and their unique attributes. History lovers, road warriors, and folks who love trivia will enjoy reading about these New York towns and the stories behind their welcome signs.
Chuck D'Imperio is an award-winning radio broadcaster, author, and newspaper columnist in upstate New York. His many books include Graves of Upstate New York: A Guide to 100 Notable Resting Places; Open House: 35 Historic Upstate New York Homes; and Upstate Uncovered: 100 Unique, Unusual, and Overlooked Destinations in Upstate New York, also published by SUNY Press.
"This compact guide is filled with discoveries about New York's local notables, history and activities." — Life in the Finger Lakes
"…a fun book to read." — Albany Times Union
Praise for Chuck D'Imperio
"This is the kind of insider-tourism knowledge that can only come from someone who loves a particular area and has spent a good portion of their life enjoying and exploring it. This is homegrown tourism done right, with enthusiasm, humor, and heart … immensely charming." — Manhattan Book Review
"…invites readers to explore a delightful array of sights in Upstate New York." — Syracuse Post-Standard
"D'Imperio gives readers dozens of reasons to explore all parts of upstate New York as they travel in search of palate-pleasing delights." — The Saratogian