Spring Roundtables about the Champlain Canal

Lakes to Locks Passage Presents Four Roundtables Celebrating the Champlain Canal

This May 2018, come attend our four roundtables. Each feature a presentation, information sharing session, networking, questions and answers. The roundtables are designed to bring together museum professionals, historical societies, archivists, local historians, and community members—from lock tenders to educators to artists—to foster collaboration and to create unique thematic experiences for visitors. Open to all!


1. Community Building: The Growth of Canal Communities

May 4, 2018 – 12:00-3:00pm
Waterford Harbor Visitor Center, 1 Tugboat Alley, Waterford, NY


Presentation by Brad Utter, Senior Historian/Curator for Science and Technological History at the New York State Museum. His research focuses on the New York State canal system and its impact on the community. He was curator for the exhibit marking the 200th anniversary of the canal, Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal.

Brad Utter’s presentation will be followed by chronicles from Russ VanDervoort. VanDervoort is a long-time historian of the NYS canal system. His lively stories about family members who worked the canal and his collection of family photos inspire people to learn more about canal history. VanDervoort is author of Canal Canaries and Other Tough Old Birds and President of the Waterford Canal and Towpath Society.

2. Immigration, Industrialization, and Innovation

May 8, 2018 – 12:00-3:00pm
The Silos, Maple Street, Hudson Falls, NY

Presentation by Jeanne Williams, Executive Director of the Feeder Canal Alliance, and Kim Harvish, Educator at the Chapman Historical Museum. Williams focuses on the past, present, and future of the Feeder Canal that was once the economic engine of the area. Harvish uses the resources of the Chapman Historical Museum to integrate local history into programs that incorporate visual literacy components and primary documents.


3. Building the Champlain Barge Canal: Treasures in the NYS Archives

May 17, 2018 – 12:00-3:00pm
Schuyler Room of the Saratoga Town Hall, 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville, NY

Presentation by Craig Williams, retired senior historian at the New York State Museum and a trustee of the Canal Society of New York State. He has spent over 50 years researching and documenting New York’s canal heritage. Using the unique resources of the New York State Archives along with oral histories, Williams will present stories about the engineering achievements and the people involved in the construction of the Champlain Canal.


4. People of the Feeder Canal and the Stories about the Champlain Canal

May 19, 2018 1:00–4:00pm
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen St, Glens Falls, NY

Presentation by Erica Wolfe Burke, archivist and special collections librarian at the Folklife Center at the Crandall Public Library. She assists families and genealogists researching upstate New York ancestry and has offered a series of family history workshops. Her presentation will culminate in a community archiving event with the Folklife Center as the repository for the images shared.



Preregistration is required for all events. $15 includes material and lunch. “People of the Feeder Canal” does not include lunch and is free. Preregister: mgibbs@lakestolocks.org 

For questions, call 518-597-9660


This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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