Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is set to conduct its fifth annual Tuesday Talk series to recognize New York State History Month this November. Each week a speaker presents on regional or New York State history.
Historian Scott Haefner will discuss Transportation in the Mohawk Valley on November 12th. This presentation will explore the significance of the river valley in developing transportation to the West and covers the Bateaux era in the 18th century through Turnpikes, Canals and Railroads. Haefner is a Registered Public Historian and is the site manager of Old Fort Johnson, operated by the Montgomery County Historical Society.
November was designated as New York State History Month by the New York State Legislature in 1997 with the following addition of Section 57.02 to the state’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Law: “The purpose of this month shall be to celebrate the history of New York State and recognize the contributions of the state and local historians.”
New York State History Month represents an opportunity for historians, cultural institutions, and the public to assert the importance of preserving and learning about our state’s history.
All presentations are free and open to the public. They will begin at 6:30 pm in the Enders House adjacent to the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center, 129 Schoharie Street, Fort Hunter. Refreshments will be provided.
For information about these programs, call the Visitor Center at (518) 829-7516, or email SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov.
Photo: A barge headed west bound on the Mohawk River (from a postcard).