Are you looking for something new to learn while you’re stuck at home? Join the Erie Canal Museum for its new remote program, Quarantine Coffee Hour. The program is free and open to everyone.
Every Monday, read a Canal-related article on the Newsroom page of the Museum’s website. The following Thursday at 10 a.m. join a Facebook Live discussion about that week’s article with the Museum’s Educator, Derrick Pratt.
The article we’re discussing this week is titled 1820: A Year to Celebrate. The article is about April 20, 1820, the day that the tiny community of Syracuse welcomed the first packet boat on the not-yet-completed Erie Canal. This occasion ushered in a new era for Syracuse, that would see it grow from a frontier crossroads to the state’s fifth-largest city. 2020 is the 200th anniversary of regular navigation on the Canal in Syracuse. We are commemorating this anniversary with more features about this important event in the coming weeks and months.
We encourage you to share questions you have about the article beforehand by commenting on Facebook or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Your questions will help make the Live events that much more informative. Also, please don’t hesitate to ask questions during the discussion!
We hope you will join us every week for Quarantine Coffee Hour!
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.