The Friends of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site are set to welcome Thomas Grasso to 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 of the 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.
This event, Geology of the Erie Canal in the Mohawk Valley: Hudson River to Little Falls, will take place at the Friends of Schoharie Crossing’s Tuesday, May 28th meeting, beginning at 6:30 pm in the Enders House on Schoharie Street in Fort Hunter, adjacent to the Visitor Center.
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.
For more information, email SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov or call (518) 829-7516.
Photo of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site provided.