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Tue 26 Sep
Friends of Schoharie Crossing Business Meeting
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
The Friends of Schoharie Crossing will conduct their annual business meeting. They will review this past year's projects and discuss items on the agenda for 2024-2025.
Thu 05 Oct
Paul Bransom: Canada Lake’s Animal Artist NYSMH Lecture Series
Thursday, October 5, 2023 07:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Known as the "Dean of American Animal Artists," Paul Bransom was a summer resident at Canada Lake from the end of the second decade of the twentieth century until his death in 1979 at the age of 93. Paul's work appeared regularly on the covers of magazines like The Saturday Evening Post, and he provided illustrations in some forty-five books including the 1912 edition of Jack London's Call of the Wild and the 1913 edition of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. My presentation will introduce his work and his connections to what has come to be known as the Canada Lake Artists' Colony. The work of Paul Bransom combines two of my loves. I am a life-long summer resident of Canada Lake. My family acquired our property a hundred years ago this month. Paul was a family friend. I am also an art historian having done my graduate work at Cornell and having taught art history for 33 years at SUNY-Oneonta. The Schoharie Crossing NYSMH series is hosted via WebEx meeting platform. The link for this free program will go live at 6:50pm.
Sun 08 Oct
Aqueduct Tours for Path Through History Weekend
Sunday, October 8, 2023 10:00 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Join Paul on a tour of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct to celebrate Path Through History Weekend. This tour provides access to the Aqueduct Towpath. Learn about the history of this engineering marvel, its use on the Erie Canal, and the preservation effort this year to save the structure for future generations. There are two chances to experience this tour, 10am and at 2pm, Sunday, October 8th. These tours are free thanks to the generous support of the Friends of Schoharie Crossing.
Sun 08 Oct
Aqueduct Tours for Path Through History Weekend
Sunday, October 8, 2023 02:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Join Paul on a tour of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct to celebrate Path Through History Weekend. This tour provides access to the Aqueduct Towpath. Learn about the history of this engineering marvel, its use on the Erie Canal, and the preservation effort this year to save the structure for future generations. There are two chances to experience this tour, 10am and at 2pm, Sunday, October 8th. These tours are free thanks to the generous support of the Friends of Schoharie Crossing.
Sun 15 Oct
Not Just for Kids Storytelling with Frank & Dee Wind
Sunday, October 15, 2023 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Join us as we welcome Dee Lee & Frank Wind to perform, "Anything Goes!" for our 2023 Not Just for Kids Storytelling event series. Stories old, stories new, stories borrowed, stories by two! Anything Goes! Tales to warm the cockles of your heart on a crisp fall evening. Dee & Frank have a combined over 50 years of storytelling! With Dee's background in theatre arts and Frank's corporate conference experience, there is something... Frank-Lee Speaking, that makes new and refreshing tales out of even the oldest stories when told in tandem. This is an outdoor event, though weather may send us inside. We ask that you dress for the conditions, bug spray and sunblock are encouraged. Bring a lawn chair or blanket as seating may be limited. Not Just for Kids Storytelling is free and open to the community. The Friends of Schoharie Crossing is sponsoring the 2023 season, with additional support from Karen's Produce and Ice Cream.
Thu 19 Oct
Looking for Railroad Jack: A Historian's Search for a Long-Lost Canine Celebrity
Thursday, October 19, 2023 07:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
This constantly evolving talk examines the experience of African Americans along the Erie Canal Corridor, with a particular focus on the struggle for abolition. While parts of this story are unpleasant, slavery, racism, and resistance are critical to understanding our society today. Derrick Pratt is the Director of Education & Public Programming at the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY. A native of Chittenango, NY, Derrick received a B.A in Social Studies Education from SUNY Cortland and a M.A. in Museum Studies from Syracuse University. Prior to his job at the Erie Canal Museum, Derrick served as Director of Programs at Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum for 3 years. The Schoharie Crossing NYSMH series is hosted via WebEx meeting platform. The link for this free program will go live at 6:50pm.
Tue 24 Oct
DeWItt’s Duel for the Friends of Schoharie Crossing
Tuesday, October 24, 2023 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Michael will present the Schoharie Crossing program "DeWitt's Duel: Rivalry at Ten Paces" for the Friends group after their brief monthly meeting. 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. Free and open to the public. Contact SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov
Sat 28 Oct
Full Moon Meander with Michael
Saturday, October 28, 2023 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Come explore the grounds of Schoharie Crossing and view the October Full Moon. Walk starts at Yankee Hill Lock. Please dress for the weather and walking on grass trails.