Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Phone: (518) 829-7516
NYS Canal Society – Tom Grasso
Geology of the Erie Canal in the Mohawk Valley: Hudson River to Little Falls alternate title: Geology of the Erie Canal in the Central and Eastern Mohawk Valley: Cohoes/Waterford to Little Falls
The PowerPoint presentation will discuss the bedrock and ice age geologic history of the region, and how this long and complex natural history affected human history by controlling the route of the canal and the obstacles that had to be overcome. Some local quarries that supplied stone for locks and aqueducts will be mentioned.
Thomas X. Grasso President Emeritus of the Canal Society of New York State was society President for nearly forty years until his retirement in 2016. He was President of Inland Waterways International, based in the UK, from 2002 to 2010. Tom taught in and chaired the Geosciences Department at Monroe Community College in Rochester from 1968 to 1999 and has authored many articles and publications on New York State and European geology and canals for both the peer review and general audience press. There will be a brief Friends Group meeting prior to the presentation. This is a FREE event open to the public. Refreshments will be served.