The 1992 " Linked Schools" Program
Schenectady/Canajoharie: October 1st - 6th
This is the full-scale
replica 1790s Mohawk River batteau, built in 1992 and used to support the
"linked schools" project between Schenectady and Canajoharie. Boats
like this were the mainstay of inland river shipping during the late
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This was a hands-on program in history and geography that combined curriculum, special projects, and field trips in a study of
the commerce and transportation that linked Schenectady and Canajoharie together in the 1790s. It involved
students in both schools in a focused, school-based project that culminated in field experiences during the period of
October 1st through the 6th.
Students, teachers, and community volunteers explored how the merchants of Schenectady and the settlers of
Canajoharie used the Mohawk River to exchange goods and produce, the commercial and geographic connections between
the harbor at Schenectady and the warehouse at Kane's Store in Canajoharie, and the cargoes carried by batteau between
these two communities 200 years ago.
Each school researched, gathered, and prepared for shipment items representative of the cargo shipped from each
community to the other in the 1790s, using a teacher's
guide prepared by research staff at the State Museum. Each shipment was brought by the students to their respective historic waterfronts.
The State Museum's replica Mohawk River batteau "DISCOVERY" loaded and transported these cargoes between the
communities during its navigation of the Mohawk/Barge Canal in October. After accepting delivery at the waterfront in
their community, each school studied and displayed the cargo it received.
One of the new site markers erected
as a result of the 1992 program at Canajoharie
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As part of the programs centered on each historic waterfront, local community awareness of the
story connected to these waterfronts was heightened. This inspired several local heritage projects, including
the installation of two new historic markers for the sites at Kane's Store and Keater's Rift, supported by proceeds from the
sale of the hard copy version of this publication. A marker already existed at Spraker's Tavern.