Few things are more universal than a need for food. What people eat of often related to where they live and their socio-economic standing. The 19th century in America brought massive change to where people lived, and a growing industry often brought social uplift. At the center of much of this change was the opening and expansion of the Erie Canal and the people who lived and worked on it. Amanda Massie and Valerie Balint will discuss how the technology and ideas that moved along the Erie Canal shaped how Americans ate in the 19th century.