Are you a canal history enthusiast or just enjoy the many sites and sounds found along the Ohio Erie canal? In any case, you won’t want to miss Lynn Metzger and Peg Bobel discuss their new book “Canal Fever: the Ohio and Erie Canal, from waterway to canalway”. The book is a combination of original essays based on the past, present, and future of the Ohio & Erie Canal and showcases the research and writing of the best and most knowledgeable canal historians, archaeologists, and enthusiasts. Each contributor brings his or her expertise to tell the canal’s story in three parts: the canal era—the creation of the canal and its importance to Ohio’s early growth; the canal’s decline—the decades when the canal was merely a ditch and path in backyards all over northeast Ohio; and finally the rediscovery of this old transportation system and its transformation into a popular recreational resource, the Ohio & Erie Canalway.
The authors included many voices from the past, such as canalers, travelers, and immigrants. The stories include canal use through various periods, and current interviews with many individuals involved in the recent revitalization of the canal. The book’s content is supplemented with a variety of interesting photographs of sites, events, and people, as well as original maps and drawings by local artist Chuck Ayers. Join Lynn and Peg for an evening of sharing and learn what the canal has meant to Ohio from the beginning of its original function in the state’s growth to its present-day function in revitalizing the region. Bring your copy for a book signing, copies will also be available at the event.
Book Talk and Signing:
Akron-Summit County Public Library
Main Library Auditorium
60 South High Street
Akron, OH 44326
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 7:00 pm
If this event piques your interest you can further explore the canal history opportunities that abound in our region via the organizations and activities listed below: