Windsor Locks Canal Model Unveiling and Lecture

October 9       6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

 

For the past nine months, Windsor artist Lon Pelton has been hard at work building a working scale model of the Windsor Locks Canal for the Society’s Bridging Centuries, Bridging Cultures Windsor History exhibition.  Join us at the unveiling party for snacks, demonstrations and a Powerpoint by J. Christopher Kervick a local attorney and former probate judge who grew up along the path of the Canal built to bypass the Enfield Falls. Ten years ago, it dawned on him that despite his lifelong proximity to the canal, he know very little about its history. Since then, he has been engaged in an effort to expand what we know about the canal and to preserve it so that this amazing chapter of Connecticut history is not lost forever.  Kervick will review the geographic realities and economic forces that created the need for the canal; the ambitious scheme of the wealthy Hartford merchants who became its prime proponents; new discoveries regarding the fathers of American civil engineering who were responsible for the canal's design; and the sad story of the Irish immigrant laborers who were called upon to complete the enormous undertaking.  COST: $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, $4 members.   For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813.

 

 

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