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Historical Society Brings Respected Canal Scholar to Geneva

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the Geneva Historical Society will sponsor the lecture “A Brief History of the Erie Canal” by Thomas X. Grasso, an internationally known expert on the canal and president of the Canal Society of New York State.

The lecture will be a slide-illustrated talk dealing with the history of the Erie Canal and the many obstacles that were overcome during its construction. Grasso will stress the development of the canal in Western New York and will briefly note the canal’s future potential as a tourist destination. This program is being offered in conjunction with the exhibit A Monument of Progress: The Erie Canal, on display at the Geneva Historical Society until Saturday, Oct. 11.

Thomas Grasso received his Bachelor of Arts degree in geology from the University of Buffalo and a master's degree in paleontology and stratigraphy from Cornell University. He has written numerous publications on New York State canals, French canals, and New York geology for both professional and general audiences. Grasso is president of the U.K.-based Inland Waterways International and is a commissioner to the U.S. National Park Service’s Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission.

The lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Geneva Historical Society Museum at 543 South Main Street, Geneva. Refreshments will be served following the program, which is free and open to the public. Funding for this program comes from the Samuel B. Williams Fund for Programs in the Humanities. For more information, call 789-5151.