Young Audiences is Proud to Present

Traveling the Erie Canal: 200 Years of Journeys

To celebrate the approaching Bicentennial of the Erie Canal in 2025, Young Audiences developed an engaging and educational arts integrated program that provides a strong, hands-on, exploration of the social, cultural, and historical significance of the Erie Canal called Traveling the Erie Canal: 200 Years of Journeys.

Due to the generous support of Humanities New York and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Young Audiences will present Traveling the Erie Canal: 200 Years of Journeys at select Erie County public libraries between August 31, 2021 - October 11, 2021.

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FREE arts-integrated programming is coming
to your local library.


Check the calendar below to find out when!

Erie Canal Public Programming Calendar

August 27, 2021 @ 6:00 PM

The Hill Brothers, Folk and Americana. Performance.

August 31, 2021 @ 3:00 PM

September 17, 2021 @ 6:00 PM

Doug Yeomans, Erie Canal Show. Performance.

September 17, 2021 @ 6:45 PM

Melissa Kate, Traveling Museum. Hands-on Workshop.

The Hill Brothers, Folk and Americana. Performance.

August 31, 2021 @ 3:45 PM

Kristin Brandt, What Are You Wearing? Erie Canal Fashion. Hands-on Workshop.

August 31, 2021 @ 2:00 PM

Doug Yeomans, Erie Canal Show. Performance.

The Hill Brothers, Folk and Americana. Performance.

August 31, 2021 @ 6:00 PM

Phyllis Thompson, Story Cloths. Hands-on Workshop.

October 11, 2021 @ 1:00 PM

September 2, 2021 @ 6:00 PM

Melissa Kate, Traveling Museum. Hands-on Workshop.

September 2, 2021 @ 6:00 PM

Doug Yeomans, Erie Canal Show. Performance.

September 25, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Melissa Kate, Traveling Museum. Hands-on Workshop.

September 30, 2021 @ 6:00 PM

September 30, 2021 @ 6:45 PM

Melissa Kate, Traveling Museum. Hands-on Workshop.

The Hill Brothers, Folk and Americana. Performance.

October 11, 2021 @ 1:45 PM

Melissa Kate, Traveling Museum. Hands-on Workshop.

Learn more about each program!

The Hill Brothers, Folk and Americana. 

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Songs, folklore and humor from the Appalachian Mountains provide students with a rich taste of their American heritage. Featuring traditional and “homemade” instruments, including spoons, washboard, string bass, mandolin, dulcimer, acoustic guitar, and the ever-popular washtub bass, the show invites laughter, clapping and singing along to great old American folk songs.

Participants are guided through a “day in the life” of a person living near the Erie Canal in its early days. They are asked to observe artifacts and use those observations to uncover the stories the artifacts tell. The museum guide crafts the stories of the artifacts into an engaging and educational experience, while the participants touch, hold, and explore the artifacts and their role in history.

Melissa Kate Miller

Phyllis Thompson, Story Cloths.

Phyllis Thompson

In this workshop participants learn about the tradition of quiltmaking including the meanings and symbolism of several quilt designs. Examples of the work of Faith Ringgold, the quilts of Gee’s Bend, and the Underground Railroad freedom quilts will be presented to create specific context for the significance of quilts in history and in everyday life. Considering the examples of traditional quilt designs and their meanings, students will cut geometric and organic shapes from paper and cloth and assemble them to create their own quilt patterns that tell their own personal stories. Participants will be encouraged to discuss the meanings of their designs and the stories that emerge.

Kristin Brandt, What Are You Wearing? Erie Canal Fashion.

Participants will examine how the construction of the Erie Canal affected many different perspectives: the geographical, economic, political, and individual landscape of Western New York at the time through the lens of fashion. Using vintage photos, participants will consider the perspectives of individuals who experienced life on the Canal and choose an identity for themselves using period-appropriate names, livelihoods, and hometown, farm, or canal barge.

Kristin Brandt

Doug Yeomans, Erie Canal Show.

Take a musical ride along the Erie Canal with the Stringmen! A picture is painted with songs and instruments from the early times of the Canal. The program celebrates the waterway that changed 19th Century America.

Melissa Kate, Traveling Museum.

Thank You!

This free programming was made possible from the generous support of Humanities New York, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and these other partners.

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