Brad L. Utter, Senior Historian & Curator of New York State Committee on Geographic Names at the New York State Museum will be giving a historical lecture on why the Northern Canal was built and how it impacted the surrounding communities.
“One of the largest public works projects in American history, the Erie Canal inspired a nation-wide transportation revolution. Thousands of people poured into New York to work on or along the canal, or just to pass through. Though the canal would eventually be superseded by the railroad, a heady mixture of innovation and determination, and the industrious seeking and creation of wealth, was cemented in the American character. ”Share this entry