Virtual program

The Historical Society of Rome will present a virtual program on the Erie Canal

ROME – The Historical Society of Rome will present Canal Design, a virtual program, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16.

The event will be presented live on Facebook.com/romehistorical and on Zoom with prior registration using the link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsdequrz8oHNYynyPcNkStqW41M7D–Xay.

New York’s unique topography provided the only east-west passage through the Appalachians south of the St. Lawrence River, the Rome Historical Society program announcement said, adding that the Erie Canal was built here to connect the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes and the interior United States. On July 4, 1817, the dedication ceremony for the Erie Canal was held in Rome.

Although it took eight years to dig, getting to the point where people could start digging was a nearly 100-year-long process.

Derrick Pratt, Museum Educator at the Erie Canal Museum, will discuss the long-term planning and the long-awaited start of construction of the Erie Canal. This lecture examines early efforts to harness New York’s natural waterways and the political wrangling that nearly prevented the “eighth wonder of the world” from happening. The Historical Society of Rome, 200 Church St., is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the community.

For more information, call 1-315-336-5870, like him on Facebook, or visit his website at www.romehistoricalsociety.org.