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Lunchtime Lectures will be either virtual via Zoom or hybrid, giving you the option to join us in person or virtual. If you are joining us virtually, you will receive an email from the Erie Canal Museum via no-reply@zoom.us the week of the talk providing you with a personal link to this secure event at least one hour prior to the event beginning. All registrants to the program will receive a recording of the talk following its completion.

If you purchase the Annual Pass, you will automatically be registered virtually for all lectures and receive a recording of the talk. You can, however, choose to attend the lectures in-person or virtually. If you have any questions, email educator@eriecanalmuseum.org.

Note: We are unable to offer refunds for event reservations or donations. Please be sure you can attend prior to contributing. All event reservations/ticket sales/donations are final, unless the Museum cancels the event.

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2023 Schedule – Upcoming

Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 12PM- Mary Alexander and David Brooks – Perennial in Frame: Art and History of the Mohawk River and Erie Canal- VIRTUAL PROGRAM

This laid back, fun, and engaging presentation will look at the Arkell Museum’s extensive collection of Mohawk Valley and Erie Canal art and tie it to the history, memory, and revitalization of the Mohawk Valley region. Featuring Mary Alexander, Curator of Education and Public Engagement at the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library, and David Brooks, Education Director at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site will join forces to talk art and history in the Mohawk River Valley and the Erie Canal.

“Pleasure is a shadow, wealth is vanity, and power a pageant; but knowledge is ecstatic in enjoyment, perennial in frame, unlimited in space and indefinite in duration.” ― DeWitt Clinton, The Life and Writings of DeWitt Clinton

Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 12PM- Tom Guiler – 25 Years of Youth, 25 Years of Marriage, 25 Years of Braiding: The Life and Art of Jessie Catherine Kinsley- HYBRID PROGRAM

Born into the Oneida Community, Jessie Catherine Kinsley was raised amidst ideas of free-love, gender equality, and Perfectionism, by a group of people who believed they were bringing about heaven on earth. She lived through the tumultuous years of the breakup of the Community, entered into traditional family life, and became a regionally famous artist. Though she dabbled in many media including drawing, painting, poetry, and children’s books, she is most known for her braidings. Kinsley invented an artform that used discarded dresses and fabric to create gigantic braided mosaics that depicted scenes from literature, scripture, nature, and history. Learn about Kinsley’s unconventional upbringing and dive deeply into her artwork to learn how they were made and the meanings behind them.

Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 12PM- John Montague – Designing & Constructing A Replica of DeWitt Clinton’s Seneca Chief- HYBRID PROGRAM

Join John Montague of the Buffalo Maritime Center to discuss their rebuilding of DeWitt Clinton’s packet boat, the Seneca Chief, at Canalside in Buffalo as New York prepares for the commemoration of the Erie Canal’s bicentennial.

Thursday, May 25, 2023 at 12PM- Derrick Pratt – Just a Painting of a Man and Some Horses- HYBRID PROGRAM

Join Erie Canal Museum Director of Education & Public Programming Derrick Pratt in exploring what he at first thought was just a fairly normal painting of man leading a team of horses pulling a canal boat that instead revealed an intriguing tale of political corruption and the waning days of the towpath era canal.

Thursday, June 22, 2023 at 12PM- Patrick Ryan – The Amazing Story of William Wells Brown- HYBRID PROGRAM

Patrick Ryan from the Buffalo History Museum will discuss William Wells Brown , who escaped slavery and risked his life to help others find freedom. In his spare time, he taught himself to read and write, lectured on the evils of slavery, and was the first African American to publish a novel and, later, a play.

More to be announced soon!


Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 12 PM- Errol Willett – Beyond the Surface – HYBRID PROGRAM

Errol Willett, a Professor of ceramics in the School of Art at Syracuse University, will talk about his work as a ceramic artist and how he became part of a research team called Haptek Lab (hapteklab.com). The team has been studying the intersection of architecture, ceramics and digital technology, and more specifically, the use of robotics to bring new design potential to architectural ceramic panels used for exterior siding on buildings. Haptek Lab is made up of architects, designers and digital fabrication technologists in collaboration with Boston Valley Terracotta, a major architectural ceramics design and manufacturing firm in Buffalo, NY. The team took on the Erie Canal as subject matter for testing some of the possibilities of the new technology. Some of the group’s experiments are currently on view in the Erie Canal Museum’s Link Gallery and outside in the Weighlock Building’s canal pit.