J Crosby, owner of PC Projects in Jamestown, N.Y., recently presented a DVD movie to the Warren County Historical Society's Lucille McJunkin showing Kinzua Dam construction during the years 1960 through 1965.
PC Projects transfers old analog movies, videos, photos, and slides into a digital format, and Crosby uncovered several short films of Kinzua Dam construction while digitizing home movies for area clients.
With the film owners' permission, he then assembled the footage into a DVD video showing progress of the dam construction throughout those years. This film collage offers a glimpse of the historic past as Warren County approaches the 50th anniversary of the opening of Kinzua Dam, and provides memories for many area residents of "Sunday drives" to the construction site with their families .
Lucille McJunkin, left, and J Crosby
PC Projects and the Historical Society thank all the original film owners for their permission to share these movies with the community, and for the special memories they bring.
Old home movies often show family occasions like weddings, birthdays, holidays, and other events which are of interest only to those families. Occasionally though, other special events were also captured on film or video that are of interest to the general public, or that had historical significance.
For instance, Crosby has digitized films showing downtown Frewsburg in 1941, Lucille Ball attending her 1956 movie premiere in Jamestown, the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, scenes of Salamanca's Fentier Village from 1966-69, and a water-free Niagara Falls in the late 1960s, among others.