Dumas Seaway Photograph Collection

Dumas Seaway Photograph Collection

Collection Number: 
124
Collection Length: 
1.00ft
Geographic Coverage: 
Massena, Northern New York
Period: 
1954 to 1959
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Eleanor Jane Lahey Dumas (1916-1997) was employed with the Massena Observer until her marriage and later became a Watertown Daily Times Massena correspondent in the early 1940s. Mrs. Dumas covered Northern New York and Southern Ontario until her retirement in 1976. Eleanor is most noted for covering high profile events in the North Country, such as Eleanor Roosevelt's visit to St. Lawrence University in 1955 and the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Dam from 1954-1959. In 1981 she was appointed to the position of town historian and curator of the Massena Museum and served in that position until 1987. Eleanor and her daughter Nina E. Dumas(also a Watertown Daily Times Correspondent) published a book entitled History of Massena: The Orphan Town in 1978. This collection consists of approximately 2,500 color slides. Slides show construction of St. Lawrence Seaway, Robert Moses Power Dam, and associated activities.