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Quarantine Coffee Hour: Why an Erie Canal?

April 9 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Quarantine Coffee Hour: Aboard the Auburn and Syracuse Railroad

Grab a coffee, tea or cocoa, and join us online for this free program!

Are you looking for something new to learn while you’re staying 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.

On April 9 we’re discussing a story titled Why was the Erie Canal Constructed? It offers an overview of the economic, political, and societal factors that led to the Canal’s construction in Upstate New York. Ashley Maready, our curator, researched and wrote the story for the Canal Packet newsletter.

A unique set of circumstances in our young nation’s history led to the Erie Canal’s construction. Learn more about them by reading this article and participating in our coffee hour.

We encourage you to share questions beforehand by commenting on the Quarantine Coffee Hour Facebook event or by emailing Your questions will help make the Live events even more informative. Also, please don’t hesitate to ask questions during the discussion!

We look forward to seeing you every Thursday 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.


April 9
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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