Presentation by: Dr. David and Liz Beebe
Come join Dr. David and Liz Beebe at the Chittenango Landing Visitor's Center as they present about the Camillus Canal Park and the efforts that have been made to restore this historic section of the Erie Canal, especially the reconstruction of the Nine Mile creek Aqueduct.
The Town of Camillus Erie Canal Park was created in 1972. Under Dave's direction a small army of volunteers turned an abandoned overgrown portion of the historic enlarged Erie Canal into a viable 400 acre, 7 mile linear canal park. To date, perhaps, his greatest accomplishment was overseeing the reconstruction of the 1842 Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct.
After graduating from St. Lawrence University and the University of Pennsylvania Dental School, Dave served in the army in Germany. As president of the local Audubon Society, he was dedicated to saving wildlife areas. In discovering the continual dumping into the old canal bed in Camillus, he approached the town to curtail the operation.
He has served on the Board of Directors of the New York State Canal Society for many years and helped in the planning of the Port Byron Project. He is the author of "Camillus: Halfway There," a treatise on structures on the Erie Canal and their functions.
Among the many awards and honors he has received, perhaps the most treasured, is the Spirit of the Canal Award presented to the Beebes at the Rochester World Canal Conference in 2000. The Beebes have also received an Outstanding Alumni Citation from St Lawrence University and been inducted in the West Genesee and Town of Camillus Hall of Fame.
No registration needed, drop ins welcome!
Free for CLCBM members