Museum Educator Derrick Pratt will discuss the beginning of navigation on New York’s Erie Canal, after the waterway’s middle division opened in 1820. Navigation on this part of the Canal helped turn Syracuse and other settlements into booming cities. It also turned New York City into the nation’s largest port, and New York itself into the Empire State. Learn more about this amazing time through Pratt’s article, Early Months of Erie Canal Navigation in Syracuse. The story will be available on the Newsroom page of our website on Monday, May 18.
We encourage you to share questions beforehand by commenting on the Quarantine Coffee Hour Facebook event, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Your questions will help make the program even more informative. And please be sure to ask questions during the discussion!
We look forward to seeing you for Quarantine Coffee Hour, live on our Facebook page at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 21!
In response to the COVID-19 crisis and to protect visitors, volunteers, and staff, the Museum is closed to the public until further notice. This online event is a great way to learn Canal history as we all do our part to stay safe and healthy. Until we open our doors, we are working diligently to serve you through these types of programs. We greatly appreciate your support as we face financial uncertainty. If you’d like to make a donation to the Museum, please click here.
The Erie Canal Museum is partially supported by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.