Listen and Learn

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Oct 30, 2008 at 11:23 PM EDT

You can now brush up on some of Greater Binghamton's history by listening to a new CD.

Action News Reporter Caitlin Nuclo tells us how story telling can be a great way to bring the past to life.

"If you cut the stitches the shoe was no good and you couldn't use it anymore," said Raymond Ligouri.

He worked at the Endicott Johnson Shoe Factory for more than 45 years.

"It was a great place to work," said Ligouri. "Couldn't ask for anything better, really."

Ligouri is just one of many story tellers on this new History Works Audio CD.

It documents the growth of industry and technology in the area...

Through stories and interviews of the people who were there to see it happen.

"Endicott, Johnson City and Binghamton were booming with the works of Endicott Johnson and IBM," said Anita Strong on the CD.

The Binghamton Center for Technology and Innovation teamed up with local high school students, and Cornell and Binghamton University, to put the CD together.

"The stories. Some of them were funny and a lot of them were really interesting but listening to the stories were the best part," said Union-Endicott Junior Anthony Watts.

"Some of the stories they've heard forever at the dining room table have real importance. History is not big things, it's a combination of little stories," said Executive Director of the Center of Technology and Innovation, Susan Sherwood.

And there are plenty.

Including Ligouri explaining the many steps it took to make a shoe.

"They would put the insole on, they would tack it on, with 1,2,3,4,5 nails, 5 tacks," said Ligouri on the CD.

And asked if his stories are always going to be remembered.

"I hope so," said Ligouri. "That's something I'd like to have the other generations pass it on from one generation to another."

And to this day, he still wears a pair of EJ shoes.

"That's the only pair I got left," he said.

This project was funded by a grant from the History Channel.

The History Works Audio CD is 9.99.

To find out where you can purchase a copy log onto www.ctandi.org.

All proceeds go towards making another volume.

Copies are also available at libraries in the Four County Library System.

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