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2018 Winter Symposium and Annual Meeting

Saturday, March 3
Warshof Conference Center, Monroe Community College
1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY
8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Co-Sponsored by the Canal Society of New York State and the
Department of Chemistry and Geophysics, MCC.

Featured Speakers:

"Barge Canal Workers from a Blue Heron's View"
Steve Wunder, Retired, NYSCanals

"15 Years on the Wabash & Erie Canal (Indiana) - A Remarkable Story
Dan McCain, President, Wabash and Erie Canal Association

"The Stunning Achievement of Barge Canal Contract 65: Prism
and Structures at Medina"

Tom Grasso, President Emeritus, Canal Society of NYS

"Keynote Address - Update on Barge Canal and Maintenance Projects"
Brian Stratton, Director, NYS Canal Corporation

"50 Years at Midlakes: Reimagining the Erie Canal Before Reimagining was cool"
Dan Wiles, Captain, Emita II

"Terminal Contracts on the Barge Canal"
Craig Williams, Board Member, Canal Society of NYS

"Engineering Challenges and Problems of Maintaining and Operating
a Century Old Canal System"

Howard Goebel, Deputy Director of Canals, NYS Canal Corporation

"Barge Canal Genesis: Barge Canal Origins"
Duncan Hay, Historian, Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor

Download the pre-registration form here

Download the itinerary of events here

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 2018. 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.

Email Submissions