Students Create Canal Panel to Mark 200th Anniversary

Students Create Canal Panel to Mark 200th Anniversary

Students show Mayor Banker the new panel.

To mark the Erie Canal’s 200th anniversary students in Tim Archer’s 7th grade service learning classes delved into the local history of the Erie Canal and its positive impact on the local community.

Orleans County Historian Matthew Ballard shared information and photos that helped the classes create an interpretive panel highlighting Albion’s growth and prosperity. 

Known as the “breadbasket of the United States” up until the Civil War, the local agricultural community would reap the economic rewards of the canal for decades by shipping crops and products to distant locations.  

The panel is located between the Main Street and Ingersoll Street lift bridges next to the Village of Albion’s gazebo.

The community is encouraged to visit the canal and view the panel

The panel was funded with a grant from the Curtis Foundation.

Pictured next to the newly installed panel are (l-r): Albion Middle School students Ashleigh Mowatt, Logan Graham and Village of Albion Mayor Eileen Banker.