Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal Gallery Tour
South Hall | 6:00–6:45 pm
Before the presentation, join exhibit curator and Senior Historian Brad Utter for a themed exhibit tour of Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal. Brad will highlight what travel was like for tourists, travelers, and canalers. Highlighting artifacts and images in the exhibit, he will also discuss some of the popular tourist destinations in and around the canal in the 1800s.
Book Talk: Everything Worthy of Observation: The 1826 New York State Travel Journal of Alexander Stewart Scott
Huxley Theater | 7:00–7:30 pm
One hundred and ninety-three years ago, on September 25, 1826, a young Canadian traveler by the name of Alexander Stewart Scott arrived in Albany, New York. Keeping a daily travel journal, he jotted down the incidents of his extended trip across the state. This heretofore little-known journal, part of the manuscript collections of the New York State Library, has now been published by SUNY Press as Everything Worthy of Observation: The 1826 New York State Travel Journal of Alexander Stewart Scott.
Join independent historian Paul G. Schneider Jr., who transcribed and edited Scott’s unique journal, as he discusses the world this young traveler encountered and some of the remarkable historical coincidences linking this story to the present.
Books will be available for purchase, and a book signing will take place after the presentation. Special note: Alexander Stewart Scott’s original travel journal will be on display.