October 2021 Member Zoom Meeting: "Faster than the March of Man - Canal Connections in the Nineteenth-Century" with Pamela Vittorio

Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST

Cost: This Zoom presentation is free to all society members.

Registration: Members will be sent a link.

Program Description: From its official opening in 1825 until the 1850s, Clinton’s Ditch served the Empire State as an innovative transportation method for people and freight. It was the age of "rapid transit on the Erie Canal" from New York City to Buffalo, and the "gateway to the west." The New York State canals inspired "Canal Mania" across the country, but conveying passengers was short-lived, as railroad cars began to replace packet boats. This lecture explores the connections that boatmen and passengers would have to make within the complex network of coaches, steamboats, railways, and roads to reach their destination.

About the Presenter: Pamela Vittorio holds an M.A. in Middle Eastern History and Languages. She is an Associate Teaching Professor in the English Language Studies Department at the New School, (Parsons School of Design) in NYC, author of several ELT educational textbooks and video series, and a professional genealogist. Pamela acquired a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, and a PLCGS in Canadian Studies (2020) and Librarianship (2019) from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies (Toronto U). Pamela attends GRIP, IGHR, SLIG yearly, and has been a speaker at many history and genealogy conferences, including NGS and NYSFHC. Her research specialty areas include workers and boatmen on North American Canals, DNA/Genetic Genealogy, NY State and New England; Canadian (Ontario and Quebec), Italian, Irish, Polish, and Jewish genealogy; the Civilian Conservation Corps, migration patterns, women's suffrage, and house histories, as well as heirlooms and artifacts. She has memberships in APG-NE and APG-NY, CNYGS, NEHGS, NYG&B, NGS, Ohio GS, Ontario GS, Old Saybrook Historical Society, CT, Quebec Genealogical e-Society, American Name Society; and is an active volunteer at several genealogical organizations and historical societies. Currently she serves as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, Chittenango, NY, and as the volunteer genealogist-at-large and a member of Collections Committee, Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse, NY.

Last updated: May 19, 2021