The 1826 travel journal of Alexander Stewart Scott and the Erie Canal’s influence on American food are the topics of a special program at the Erie Canal Museum on Tuesday, October 22 from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Independent Historian Paul G. Schneider, Jr., will discuss the journal kept by Scott, a young Canadian who wrote vivid impressions of the incidents, sights, and people he encountered during an extensive trip across New York on steamboat, Erie Canal boat, stagecoach, and private conveyance. Schneider, who transcribed and edited Scott’s journal into a book titled Everything Worthy of Observation: The 1826 New York State Travel Journal of Alexander Stewart Scott, will discuss the world this young traveler observed and some of the remarkable historical coincidences linking his story to the present.
Immediately following Schneider’s talk, Amanda Massie, from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Valerie Balint of Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios will discuss food, another aspect of 19th century life influenced by the Erie Canal and other technological advances. Massie is curator for the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation’s Bureau of Historic Sites, and Balint serves as program manager, Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios, a part of the National Trust. Through an illustrated presentation, period reproductions, and a tasting, they will take guests on a culinary journey that explains how changing technology affected American food tastes and availability.
Admission to this special program is just $5 per person, and there is no charge for Museum members. Tickets may be purchased on the Shop page of our website or at the door. There will be time for questions, and a limited number of free parking spots are available in the lot across from the Museum under routes 81 and 690. We look forward to seeing you at this very special presentation!