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Learn about role Erie Canal played in face of crime & law enforcement during the mid-1800s.

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Wed, Mar 11th 2020 07:00 am

Lt. Jonathan Anderson will visit the Niagara History Center at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, to present his historical tale about policing during the Erie Canal era. He serves on the Onondaga Sheriff’s Department and has been the department’s honorary historian for many years.

This program looks at a different aspect of Erie Canal history and will cover many topics related to the canal, the surrounding communities and the management of public order. It will conclude with a brief Q&A period.

Anderson will discuss the Underground Railroad along with its relations to the canal. He will also tell the story of the captivating “Canal Boy’s Saga” – the true story about the cultural and economic growth the Erie Canal had on nearby New York communities, and the increase of juvenile crime around the canal during the 19th century.

Learn about one of the most successful and influential human-built waterways in North America. The canal affected many aspects of social and economic growth and would set the precedent for law enforcement for years to come.

This event is free and open to the public. It will take place at The Niagara History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. For more information, email [email protected] or call 716-434-7433.

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