Presenter: Bruce Schwendy
New York’s canal went through three eras: the original Clinton’s Ditch, which was completed in 1825, the enlarged canal completed in 1862 and today’s barge canal system which was completed in 1918. Bruce Schwendy, a member of the board of directors of the Canal Society of New York State, will discuss the folklore of the Erie Canal and some common misconceptions. He will also demonstrate some actual canal horns and tell how canal horns were used for signaling on the early canals.
Bruce Schwendy, a graduate of Clarkson University, is retired from General Motors as a Manufacturing Engineer. He has studied New York State canal history for many years and enjoys traveling with his wife, Donna, the length of the canal system in New York on their 40- foot houseboat, the Li'l Rooster. He is active in the Canal Society of New York State and is on the Board of Directors for that organization.
This program is sponsored by the Fairport Public Library, and reservations are required.
Please call 585-223-9091 or visit their website for reservation details.
This event is free and is open to the public.