NYPA To Host Hard Hats Of Niagara 50th Anniversary First Power Reunion

Teresa Martinez

August 8, 2011


LEWISTON— When Niagara Mohawk’s Schoellkopf hydropower plant was destroyed by a rock slide, low-cost power to the region was suddenly in short supply.  On March 18, 1958, under the leadership of New York’s “master builder,” Robert Moses, construction of the Niagara Power Project began. A team of nearly 12,000 men and women feverishly worked round the clock seven days a week and first power was achieved on January 28, 1961.

Many of those men and women have since passed on, but in celebration of the 50th anniversary of their achievement, more than 100 of them will gather at the New York Power Authority’s Niagara Power Vista for a “Hard Hats” reunion on Saturday, August 13, 2011. 

The event also marks the release of “Hard Hats of Niagara,” a book containing personal recollections of the project’s construction as compiled by Ken Glennon, a chief organizer of the Hard Hats.  Glennon will hold a book signing as part of the day’s activities.  The Hard Hats will also view “Building Niagara: Memories” video featuring some of the faces and voices of the storytellers contained in the book.

The schedule of the day: (Activities except for the luncheon are open to the public)


Hard Hats of Niagara 50th Anniversary First Power Reunion

Saturday, August 13, 2011

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.          
Special Meeting of Hard Hats

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.        
Public Presentation of Hard Hats History AV presentation by Ken Glennon

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.        
Book Signing by Ken Glennon

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.          
Lunch for the Hard Hats

1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.            
Presentation of Awards to Hard Hats and others. Presentation by Ken Glennon of certificates to the Hard Hats and presentation of Honorary Hard Hats of Niagara certificates to NYPA 

2:10 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  
Photo opportunity for 50th First Power Reunion of Hard Hats.
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.            
“Building Niagara: Memories” AV presentation by NYPA of the 50th Anniversary video and simultaneous book signing by Ken Glennon.

NYPA Power Vista 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston, NY  14092




About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.


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