History at Home: Building the Erie Canal

Event Type: Library Event
Date: 2/21/2019
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:30 PM
 Thomas Jefferson called it “a little short of madness.” But the audacious construction of the Erie Canal, 1817 to 1825, turned into one of the most successful and influential public investments in American history. The story will be told at 2 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 21. The History at Home programs are free; no registration required.

Historian Dick Campbell will recount how in the first quarter-century of the 1800s, leaders recognized that the Appalachians were a formidable obstacle to uniting the Atlantic states with the vast lands of the West. A pathway for commerce and travel was critical to the security and expansion of the American Revolution’s achievement.

Since retiring from the role of executive director of the Oshkosh YMCA, Campbell has traveled extensively in the region – and as far as Fairbanks, Alaska – presenting an array of history programs on topics as wide-ranging as the Oregon Trail and Ernest Shackleton’s voyage to the Antarctic.

History at Home focuses on stories about the area's past every third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m. (no program in December). The programs are free; no registration required. Many History at Home programs are captured on video and shared on the library's YouTube channel. That link can be found at

Location: Eugene G. McLane Meeting Room