On Tuesday, Oct. 30, at
6:30 p.m., as part of its
History Discovered book discussion series, Jervis Public Library will host a discussion of the book “Heaven’s Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal” by Jack Kelly.
“Heaven’s Ditch” interweaves the story of the construction of the Erie Canal with those of the many societal upheavals that paralleled that achievement. Exploding opportunity, westward mobility, religious revivalism, and American ingenuity were all part of an era that featured treasure-hunters, called “money diggers,” the nation’s first celebrity daredevil, the first American “crime of the century,” and the birth of both an American religion and the American working class.
The free discussion will take place in the library’s wheelchair-accessible auditorium. Copies of “Heaven’s Ditch” are available at the library. Go online to www.jervislibrary.org or call 315-336-4570 to reserve a copy.