The life and times of DeWitt Clinton, the political leader who spearheaded construction of the original Erie Canal, is the topic of a free presentation by Museum Curator Ashley Maready on Thursday, February 22. Maready will discuss Clinton’s early life and his career in New York State politics, as well as the strong social and economic forces that fostered the idea of a man-made waterway throughout the Upstate New York frontier more than 200 years ago. This is the first in a series of four free curator talks in 2018 sponsored by the Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse. It is free and open to the public and will include time for questions. Free parking is in designated Museum/Visitor Center spots in the lot across from the Museum under routes 81 and 690. We hope you’ll join us for this and all our programs. Information on other Museum programs can be found on our website and social media pages, including Facebook and Twitter.