Film Screening: "Erie: The Canal That Made America"

The St. John Fisher College Sustainability Program presents a free screening of the new documentary film, “Erie: The Canal That Made America.”

Date: September 29, 2017 - September 29, 2017
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Basil 135

A poster for the film, Erie: The Canal that made America

“Erie: The Canal That Made America,” is a one-hour documentary, marking the bicentennial of the start of construction of the Erie Canal when surveyors and excavators began linking a young United States’ east to its western frontier.

It depicts how a young nation broke through with its first national public works project – America’s greatest – by succeeding in constructing a supposedly impossible-to-build, 363 mile man-made waterway to America’s heartland. Once the waters of the Great Lakes were wed with the Atlantic Ocean, the canal helped create what America now knows as the Empire State and propelled New York City into the role of America’s leading port and economic hub.

The film is narrated by David Muir, an Emmy-award winning journalist who serves as anchor and managing editor of “ABC World News Tonight with David Muir” and co- anchor of ABC’s “20/20.”

The documentary will be introduced by the co-executive producer Jim Aroune, who will take questions afterwards. There will be a reception immediately following in the Lavery Library, where you can view the Rochester Regional Library Council exhibit, “Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal, 1817-2017.”

For further information, please email Dr. Tim Madigan at