FORT HUNTER — Travis Bowman, senior curator from the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites, will be giving a discussion on “Epizooty! The Great Horse Influenza and the Erie Canal” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Enders House adjacent to the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center, 129 Schoharie St. The discussion will be preceded by a brief meeting of the Friends of Schoharie Crossing. Refreshments will be served following the discussion. All are welcome to attend, according to a news release.
The Post-Civil War America is commonly thought of as a time of rapid industrialization and mechanization, but horses and mules were at the heart of every transportation system in the country. With the horse influenza epidemic of 1872-73, every engine in New York state effectively stopped working at the same time. Using collections from the new exhibit at Schoharie Crossing, Bowman will discuss the devastating effects of this epidemic which shut down the Erie Canal in 1874.
Bowman earned a master’s and certificate of advanced study in public history from the State University of New York at Albany and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Tulane University, New Orleans, La.
For more information, call the Visitor Center at (518) 829-7516; e-mail: [email protected]; or visit the Facebook page Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site.