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Historical Association "A Deep Cut" presentation

by jpauly
Fri, Mar 17th 2017 09:00 am

 "The Deep Cut." The event will take place at 7:00 PM Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017 at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah Fellowship Hall, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston, NY.


This year is the 200th anniversary of the July 4, 1817 start of the Erie Canal dig. Historian Michael McCarthy will present "The Deep Cut". As the Erie Canal neared completion in the 1820s, the final push was to make the deep cut through the Niagara Escarpment. The engineers hired 1200 men to cut through this rock for the remaining seven miles, which took five years to complete. This presentation will examine the difficulties the engineers faced and how the Irish laborers contributed in making the nearly impossible task a reality. Michael McCarthy is a retired Rochester Police Department Police Investigator and former Director of Safety and Security for St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY). Michael published his first historical novel From Cork to the New World in 2009. His second novel The Flight of the Wretched was published in 2011 and in December 2016, Michael released his third book The Children of Michigan Street. Mike is currently the president of the Irish American Cultural Institute, Rochester Chapter and a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.


This event is free and open to all, refreshments will be served. Come and join us and celebrate a belated St. Patrick's Day with a little Irish history.

Free! Bring a Friend! Refreshments will be served!

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