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Where the Canal Turns West: Immigration and Changing Food Ways in early 19th c Schenectady

May 27 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

As part of the Erie Canal Museum‘s ongoing Erie Eats: Erie Canal Foodways Project, June’s Lunchtime Lecture features Chris Leonard City Historian of Schenectady, Thursday, June 17 at 12 PM EDT. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the program will be streamed live on the Museum’s Facebook page. Please consider making a $5 donation, as is typical of all Lunchtime Lectures. Everyone who donates will receive a personal link to watch the lecture live on Zoom and participate in a Q&A session. Donations may be made through the Shop page of our website.

Chris Leonard was appointed City Historian of Schenectady in February 2018. He was born in Hamden, CT, but has spent more than half his life in New York’s Capital District; including the last 17 years in Schenectady. He attended SUNY-Albany graduating with BAs in English and History. Chris returned to SUNYA where he received an MA in English with a writing concentration. He is the Owner/Principal of Wordsmith Promotions, a marketing firm that supports small businesses and nonprofits in the Capital District. He is the author of Schenectady’s General Electric Realty Plot and the series editor for Schenectady Genesis Volumes I & 2. Chris hopes to publish A History of Schenectady in 25 Crimes in 2022.

Funded in part through the generous support of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and William G. Pomeroy Foundation.

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.


May 27
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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