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Crossing to offer online programs

FORT HUNTER — The Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site will continue to offer online programs throughout the summer even as the Visitor Center is now open by appointment. The Erie Canal historic site will provide programs through Webex as well as other online platforms and social media, according to a news release.

∫ At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday the next “virtual” program is scheduled and the topic will be how foodways in America changed because of westward expansion and the Erie Canal. Lavada Nahon will discuss how the movement of people and the mix of cultures transformed the way people eat. Nahon is a culinary historian, editor and historic interpreter for the Bureau of Historic Site and Park Services.

∫ At 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13, via Webex, the Schoharie Crossing will host Schenectady City Historian Chris Leonard, who will deliver a ride on the Erie Canal through Schenectady, from the Rexford Aqueduct to old Lock 23, the busiest transit point on the entire canal. Spend time with GE executives on cruises and hustle through backstreets with greenhorns desperately seeking whiskey. Travel with Leonard as he spins yarns of Schenectady’s unique characters, ne’er-do-well wharf rats, and foul-mouthed parrots, who made their livings on the canal.

∫ During August, the site will be hosting a book club with weekly check-ins that will include discussion on the reading and an opportunity to pose questions. The selection is the 2016 release by author Jack Kelly, “Heaven’s Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal.” The participants can submit questions for the author, as Kelly will be providing an online presentation with questions and answers on Sept. 2.

Additional programs are being planned. The site grounds are open for appropriate socially distant recreational use from sunrise to sunset daily. Those attending are to observe New York state guidelines while visiting Schoharie Crossing.

For information about these programs, find Schoharie Crossing on Facebook or call or e-mail the Visitor Center at (518) 829-7516, SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov. Anyone who wants to attend can make a reservation to explore the Pathway to Empire exhibit by contacting the site.

For more information on any of the state parks recreation areas, call (518) 474-0456 or visit: www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.

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