Erie Eats: The Erie Canal Foodways Project


Erie CanalFood is the most basic building block of human life. We all need it to survive and thrive.

But where does our food come from? How does it get to where we can eat it? Who decides what products will be available for us to eat?

The answers to all of these questions, for people in Upstate New York and throughout the United States were radically transformed by the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825 and continued to change dramatically over the next 200 years as the canal itself changed.

On Saturday, January 27, at 2 pm, Derrick Pratt, Director of Education & Public Programs at the Erie Canal Museum, will share the fascinating story of how the Erie Canal transformed how we eat.

This program takes place at the Oneida County History Center, 1608 Genesee Street in Utica, NY.

Oneida County History Center is a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving the history, heritage, and culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley for present and future generations; please contact the History Center at (315) 735-3642 or visit for additional information.

Illustration: “Along the Erie Canal, Buffalo, N.Y.” postcard (No. M 71, Buffalo News Co., Buffalo, N.Y.), ca. 1908.

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