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The Morris Canal with Tim Roth of the Canal Society of NJ

On Thursday, June 10th, 2021 we hosted Tim Roth of the Canal Society of New Jersey as he took a look at one of NJ’s great works, The Morris Canal.      "In 1824 the Morris Canal & Banking Company (MC&BC) was chartered to build a canal that would carry coal, mined in Pennsylvania, to developing markets along the eastern seaboard. The canal would pass through the heart of New Jersey’s iron district and provide the long-needed transportation system that would create new commercial activity. The completed canal extended 102 miles and opened for business in 1831. In 1836 it was expended from Newark to New York Harbor at Jersey City, crossing the rugged highlands of New Jersey.      En gineers designed a system of 23 lift locks and 23 inclined planes to overcome the impressive elevation change of 1,674 feet. The canal’s famous water-powered inclined planes were an engineering marvel. Mule-drawn canal boats transported cargo during the heyday of the canal, and hundreds of boats c
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Lunchbox Lesson #2 - Montgomery County's Clara Barton

Kelly Yacobucci Farquhar, the Montgomery County, NY Historian, spoke about Anna Maria Schram, “Montgomery County’s Clara Barton” and explored the county’s contribution to the nurses who tended to the sick & wounded soldiers during the American Civil War. Thank you to the Montgomery County NY Dept of History and Archives! To find them on the web, click HERE.  ____________ The Friends of Schoharie Crossing offer many wonderful opportunities for programs, educational events, recreation and development at the site.  Along with preservation and historic interpretation efforts, we advocate for local, regional, and statewide history - especially as related to the Erie Canal. If you would like to provide a monetary donation, we are exceedingly grateful. As a 501c3 organization, all funds raised go to interpretation, programs, events, and development at the site.

Crossing Situation for the Canal Society of New Jersey Program Meeting

Give a watch to the program that David from Schoharie Crossing provided for the Canal Society of New Jersey in May of 2021. Visit the Canal Society of NJ website by clicking HERE!  The Friends of Schoharie Crossing offer many wonderful opportunities for programs, educational events, recreation and development at the site.  Along with preservation and historic interpretation efforts, we advocate for local, regional, and statewide history - especially as related to the Erie Canal. If you would like to provide a monetary donation, we are exceedingly grateful. As a 501c3 organization, all funds raised go to interpretation, programs, events, and development at the site.

DeWitt's Duel: Political Rivalry at Ten Paces with Schoharie Crossing

On Wednesday, May 12th - David from Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site gave this presentation "virtually" for the Fulton County Historical Society .  Please enjoy! The life of DeWitt Clinton is an interesting exploration into the politics of early America and New York State. Recognized now as the "Father of the Erie Canal," NYS governor and former mayor of New York City, Clinton had tended to personal and political rivalries to accomplish legislative goals. Discover some of the intrigue, wrangling, and dirty politics that lead ultimately to DeWitt's Duel on the plains of Weehawken, New Jersey. A donation can be made to the Friends of Schoharie Crossing via Square: CLICK the DONATE Button ____________________________________ The Visitor Center will be open for 2021 by Reservation Only – Please Call to Schedule a time to Visit the Pathway to... Posted by Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site on  Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Lunchbox Lesson #1 - The St. Lawrence Seaway

On Wednesday, April 28 th Schoharie Crossing welcomed St. Lawrence County Historical Association Executive Director, Ashley Maready to present an overview history of the St. Lawrence Seaway, including its construction, operation, and significance. This engineered waterway from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic changed the way cargo moved from the interior of North America to the global marketplace during the mid-20 th century. Watch the video below to discover its impacts on New York and the far-reaching implications of a newer canal channel. Ashley  Maready has been a history museum professional for over a decade and holds a BA in history and philosophy from Hood College and an MA in applied history from Shippensburg University.

Geocaching in a COVID-19 World

Geocaching in a COVID-19 World By: BWeldon  * Update : April 2021: The Sara-Cap Regional NYS Parks Challenge will return starting Memorial Day* T he year 2020 created challenges for everyone in just about everything. We have a whole new way of looking at the world we live in and what it takes to be safe in it. Yet, in spite of the fact that the game of Geocaching is predominantly outdoors, the COVID-19 Pandemic has had quite an effect.    There is a social side to the game of Geocaching that had to come to a screeching halt due to COVID-19. That is, the Event’s that gather   Geocachers around the world en masse to participate in games and social events and challenges. These events were a way to get to know Geocachers from all over the world. And YES , people do travel from all over for these events , and I have to say, the friendships made at these events are unique.       The Geocaching community is a very special one. Because this is a game that can be played by all ages

Manifestations of the Mind - Phrenology in NY State w/ Anne Clothier

"Manifestations of the Mind: Phrenology in New York State" While phrenology often merits only a footnote in modern examinations of social and medical history, it played an important role in how people regarded themselves and others during the formative years of the 1840s. Influencing topics as varied as courtship, employment, criminal justice, abolition, medicine, and suffrage, phrenology was intertwined throughout the everyday lives of many. We will also examine the darker sides of the now debunked concepts, exploring how people of color and indigenous populations were further disenfranchised by its teachings. Anne Clothier is Director of Education at the Saratoga County History Center at Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa. Her particular areas of interest are medical history and early photography. She is a graduate of SUNY College at Oneonta and the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies, where her thesis focused on the use of phrenology in prison reform in the 1840s.