Schedule

N.E.H. Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop

Clinton’s Ditch: the Erie Canal in Western New York

Workshop Schedule

SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Sunday: July 21 or August 4

  • 5:30: Welcome and introduction
    • Meet in lobby of campus housing
  • 7:00: Dinner @ Shimshack’s Restaurant (Sanborn, NY)
  • 8:00: “Erie Canal: Fact or Fancy?” – Mr. Doug Farley (Erie Canal Discovery Center)

Monday: July 22 or August 5

  • 8:00 – 8:15: Welcome and Meet the Staff
  • Room: G-200 (main classroom)
  • 8:15 – 9:45: “Teaching Students to Think Historically and Making Interdisciplinary Connections with the Erie Canal” – Dr. Lorrei DiCamillo (Canisius College)
    • Texts: Digital articles from Dr. DiCamillo; Daniel Larkin and Julie Daniels:  Erie Canal, New York’s Gift to the Nation: A Document-Based Reader
  • 10:00 – 11:30: “The Erie Canal in National Context” – Dr. Tamara Thornton (SUNY Buffalo)
  • 11:30-12:30: Lunch on your own (Snack Bar)
  • 12:30 –3:30: “Conceiving and Constructing the Erie Canal” – Mr. Gerard Koeppel
    • Text: Gerard Koeppel, Bond of Union: Building the Erie Canal and the American Empire
  • 4:00 –4:30: Bus Ride to Lockport
    • Meet in front of campus housing
  • 4:30 – 6:30: Tour of Erie Canal Discovery Center and Locks 34 and 35 with Mr. Doug Farley
  • 6:30 – 8:00: Dinner on your own in Lockport
    • See inserts for restaurant suggestions
  • 8:00 – 8:30: Bus Ride to N.C.C.C
    • Meet at Erie Canal Discovery Center
  • 8:30: Return to campus; collaborate on document projects

Tuesday: July 23 or August 6

  • 7:00: Bus Departs for Syracuse, NY
    • Breakfast will be served in the lobby of campus housing
    • Meet in front of campus housing
    • Text: Roger Hecht, Erie Canal Reader
  • 9:30 – 11:30: Tour Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY with Dr. Daniel Ward (curator)
  • 11:30-12:30: Lunch @ J. Ryan’s Pub
    • Return to Erie Canal Museum after lunch
  • 12:30 – 2:00:  “Nature, Nationalism, Tourism: The Erie Canal and the Quest for America” – Dr. Roger Hecht (SUNY Oneonta)
  • 2:00 – 2:30:  Bus Ride to Camillus, NY
  • 2:30 – 4:30: Tour Erie Canal Park in Camillus, NY and restored Nine-Mile Creek Aqueduct  -Dr. and Mrs. David and Elizabeth Beebe (NYS Canal Society)
  • 4:30 – 6:00: Bus Ride to Pittsford, NY
  • 6:00 – 8:00: Dinner at Richardson Canal House
  • 8:00 – 9:30: Bus Ride to N.C.C.C.
  • 9:30: Return to campus

Wednesday: July 24 or August 7

  • 9:00 – 12:00: “The Social and Cultural Impact of the Erie Canal” – Dr. Tamara Thornton (SUNY Buffalo)
    • Room: G-200 (main classroom)
    • Text: Carol Sheriff, The Artificial River: the Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress
  • 12:00 – 1:00: Lunch on your own
  • 1:00 – 3:30: Collaborate on classroom projects
    • Dr. Lorrei DiCamillo and e-learning specialists available for guidance
    • You may use our main classroom, the library, or the computer lab (D-303) to work on the project
  • 3:30 – 4:30: “Music of the Erie Canal” – Martha Kendall (freelance children’s author)
  • 4:45 – 5:15: Bus ride to Lockport
    • Meet in front of campus housing
  • 5:30 – 7:00: Dinner at Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises
  • 7:00 – 9:00: Canal Cruise through Lockport Locks and tour of grounds
  • 9:00 – 9:30: Bus ride to N.C.C.C.
  • 9:30: Return to campus

Thursday: July 25 or August 8

  • 7:00-8:30: Bus ride to University at Rochester
    • Breakfast will be served in the lobby of campus housing
    • Meet in front of campus housing
  • 8:30-11:00:  “Picturing the Erie Canal” – Ms. Carol Yost and Ms. Marlene Hamann-Whitmore (Memorial Art Gallery, University at Rochester)
  • 11:00 – 2:00: Tour of Rochester Canal Sites with Mr. Thomas Grasso  (President, NYS Canal Society)
    • Lunch: We will be stopping at Wegman’s in Pittsford, NY around 12:00 for an expedited lunch
  • 2:00-3:30: Bus ride to N.C.C.C.
  • 4:00 – 5:30: Discussion of Erie Canal, New York’s Gift to the Nation, a Document-Based Teacher Resource – Dr. F. Daniel Larkin (SUNY Oneonta)
    • Room: G-200 (main classroom)
    • Text: Daniel Larkin and Julie Daniels, Erie Canal, New York’s Gift to the Nation, a Document-Based Teacher Resource
  • 5:30 – 6:30: Dinner (see inserts)
  • Evening: Collaborate on classroom projects
    • You may use our main classroom, common spaces in campus housing, or the computer lab (D-106) e-learning support available)

Friday: July 26 or August 9

  • 8:00 – 10:30: “Economic Impact of the Erie Canal” – Dr. F. Daniel Larkin (SUNY Oneonta)
    • Room: G-200 (main classroom)
    • Text: Excerpts of Ronald Shaw, Erie Water West
  • 10:45 – 11:30: Bus Ride to Downtown Buffalo
    • Meet in front of campus housing
  • 11:30 – 1:00: Lunch at Ulrich’s Tavern
  • 1:00 – 4:00: Tour of Erie Canal Harbor and downtown Buffalo with Buffalo Niagara Preservation Society
  • 4:30 – 7:00: Explore “Millionaire’s Row,” Delaware Park, and Elmwood Village. Dinner on your own (see insert)
  • 7:00 – 7:45: Bus ride to N.C.C.C.
    • Meet on Bidwell Parkway near intersection with Elmwood Avenue
  • Evening: Finish collaboration on classroom projects
    • You may use our main classroom, common spaces in campus housing, or the computer lab (D-106)

Saturday: July 27 or August 10

  • 8:30 – 11:00: Presentations on classroom resources
    • Breakfast will be served in G-200 (main classroom)
  • 11:00 – 11:30: Bus ride to Niagara Falls
    • Meet in front of campus housing
  • 11:30 – 1:00: “Erie Canal meal” at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute; Closing remarks
  • 1:00 – 1:30: Bus ride to N.C.C.C.
  • 1:30 – evening:  Depart
  • Optional: An opportunity for Summer Scholars who would like to tour Niagara Falls on their own after lunch will be made available.

Participants may depart Saturday afternoon or can plan on an additional night of residency depending on travel arrangements 

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