Come Join PACNY For A Summer Afternoon On The Erie Canal!

PACNY has arranged for a special tour of the Erie Canal Park and Aqueduct in Camillus on Sunday, August 24. We will take a boat ride to see the aqueduct beginning at 2 p.m. and then return to shore for a tour of the museum, with refreshments to follow. The cost is $8 for PACNY members and $10 for non-members. This is a family friendly event and kids are free!


The Erie Canal is one of Central New York’s most important historic features, the engineering breakthrough and transportation marvel that made possible so much of the development in this region. One of the most challenging engineering feats was to have the Erie Canal cross the various rivers and creeks. The present aqueduct in Camillus was built in 1844, using limestone quarried locally at Split Rock, and served as a bridge that carried canal boats over and across Nine Mile Creek. An engineering landmark and a place of great beauty, it was lovingly restored in 2009 and received an award from PACNY.

This will be a fascinating glimpse into Central New York’s Erie Canal heritage, and a wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon. We hope you will come with PACNY as we explore this remarkable structure.

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“The Seceders” – Upcoming Lecture By Author Alethea Connolly On Saturday, 26 July 2014

An upcoming lecture of historical interest to Central New York has been announced on The New York History Blog and is being reproduced in part here. For more information about the lecture (and to learn more from The NY History Blog), see the official announcement at:

Seceder-Cover-JPEGAfter six years of research Alethea “Lee” Connolly has published her book on “forgotten trailblazers” in early 19th Century Central New York. Connolly will present her research on her book The Seceders: Religious Conviction & the Abolitionist Movement in the Town of Manlius, 1834-1844 at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum at 5255 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro NY 13134.

As Barbara S. Rivette, Manlius Town Historian, states “The network of families and church affiliations involved in The Seceders spread through Canastota, Clockville, and Peterboro.” Seceders, like early Manlius settler Elijah Bailey, “believed the church had veered off the simple path of Bible religion into pride and folly.”

The public is encouraged to attend. Admission is three dollars for adults and free for students (K – College).

The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum, as well as the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark and the Peterboro Mercantile, is open from 1 – 5 pm on July 26. For more information, contact and 315-684-3262.

PACNY At The Seward House Historic Museum, 29 June 2014

On Sunday, June 29th, 2014 (original announcement, event), twenty-six (26) attendees composed of PACNY members and members of the Baby Boomer Singles 2011 group at visited the Seward Mansion in Auburn, New York, for a tour of William Seward’s historic home. Seward was an abolitionist, Secretary of State during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, and later a world traveler. Four generations lived in the house and it contains original furnishings, artifacts and portraits of people and events that are part of our American history. After the tour, a reception was enjoyed by all in the garden. The Seward House is a community treasure where visitors come to connect with the past.





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PACNY thanks the Seward House Historical Museum for hosting our event and greatly appreciates Kim Pomeroy and our friends in the Baby Boomer Meetup group for helping give the Seward House a quality crowd! To keep track of future PACNY events on, please join our Group Page.