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2016 Canal Society Winter Symposium & Meeting

Rochester, NY at Monroe Community College
March 5, 2016

Enjoy a day learning about historic canals, structures and engineers from the experts who know them best! The 2016 symposium includes a presentation about The Morris Canal Of New Jersey; The High Falls Genesee Gorge at Rochester; Underwater Exploration of 19th Century Canal Boats; an Erie Canal Documentary Film; The Enduring Legacy of Surveyor John Randel Jr.; Transporting Cargo on New York Canals; Rare Erie Canal Films; and highlights of the year from NYS Canal Corporation Director Brian Stratton.

Additional Feature: Special Art Exhibit by Executive Director Michele Beilman.

Continental breakfast and lunch are included.

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Call for Papers

The Symposium planning committee invites people to submit abstracts/descriptions for papers to be presented at the next Canal Society of New York State’s Annual Winter Symposium at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York in March 2017. We welcome any topic that is directly or indirectly related to historic or operating New York State Canals, canals and inland waterways worldwide, and the communities through which they run. Categories for topics include, but are not limited to:


Presentations shall last no more than 45 minutes, including questions. The conference room is fully equipped with state-of–the-art computers, video, and digital projection. Authors should submit their paper’s title, an abstract/description of no more than 500 words, and the principal author’s name, title, affiliation plus a brief biography via email to the Winter Symposium Planning Committee.

Once authors are accepted, and properly notified, authors are to submit their full presentation to Tom Grasso two weeks before the event.


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