Rivers and Waterways were more than just passageways to our Future Homelands. Some provided our ancestors with protection, others provided a livelihood, and the list continues. With a few short Family stories, I will give you examples of the importance of our waterways. Follow along as a young newlywed leaves his pregnant wife near New York, and under the protection of the Hudson River avoids capture by American troops to find a safe home. You will also hear about a Black American family, who with help from the Underground Railroad, followed the waterways of Upper New York to safety in Canada. Many examples are available, showing the importance of our waterways, and many of the stories are enduring.