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The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America

May 11, 2016, 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Geneva History Museum
543 South Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456

In the final program of our Spring Lecture Series author Michael Keene explores the profound impact the Erie Canal had on America. He will look at how development of the canal led to major social, political, and religious movements that swept through upstate New York during the 19th century. He will delve into the canal’s inspiration, evolution and impact on American life, and how the canal bridged the gap of communications and travel, setting the stage for history-making events.

In addition to The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America, Michael Keene is the author of a number of regional history books, including Murder, Mayhem and Madness: 150 Years of Crime and Punishment in Western New York and Abandoned: the Untold History of Orphan Asylums. Mr. Keene is an affiliate member of the Association of Public Historians and contributor to New York History Review. He has combined his interests in local history, writing, and film making in order to explore unique and fascinating episodes of 19th-century New York history. For more on his work visit his website:

This program is supported in part by the Samuel B. Williams Fund for Programs in the Humanities. For more information about the lecture, call the Geneva Historical Society office at 315-789-5151

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