Make plans now to visit the Erie Canal Museum at 12 p.m. Thursday, October 25 for Mapping David Vaughan’s New York, a talk by historian Craig Williams about the life of 19th century Canal cartographer David Vaughan. An Irish immigrant, Vaughan came to Albany in the late 1840s already skilled in the tools and techniques sorely needed by New York State as it resumed its first enlargement of the Erie Canal and started construction of the Adirondack reservoirs. Vaughan soon became nationally recognized for his talent in drafting maps and plans for that work, and for his keen observations of life along the Erie Canal. The lunchtime event is scheduled to take place in the second-floor gallery of the Museum, located at 318 Erie Boulevard East, downtown Syracuse. Admission is $5 for the general public and free for Erie Canal Museum members. You can purchase tickets here.
Craig Williams serves on the board of the Canal Society of New York State and speaks regularly on a variety of Erie Canal topics. He retired as a senior historian at the New York State Museum after more than thirty years of service. He is also a former curator at the Erie Canal Museum.
The program will include time for questions, and free parking is available in Museum-designated spots across from the Museum under routes 81 and 690. We look forward to seeing you at this fascinating talk!