News Display: Erie Canal Opens
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 10/02/2012
Uploaded: 10/19/2012
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, News Displays
Tags: Eria Canal. labor

Description/Abstract: News Display: Erie Canal Opens, Friday, 10/26

Connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean via the Hudson River, the Erie Canal opened on October 26, 1825. After more than two years of digging by mostly Irish laborers, the 425-mile long Erie Canal would prove a highly successful and cost effective means not only to transport goods, but to encourage re-settlement in Western New York, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Responsible for spearheading the project, Governor DeWitt Clinton of New York presided at the opening ceremonies and rode Seneca Chief, the canal boat, all the way from Buffalo to New York City.

Our news display will showcase the economic and cultural impact of the Erie Canal, not forgetting Bruce Springstein's rendition of the popular song, recorded live from Dublin with the Seeger Sessions Band.