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"Mapping David Vaughan's New York" - David Vaughan (d 1865) was an Irish immigrant who came to Albany in the late 1840's already skilled in tools and techniques that were sorely needed by New York State as it resumed its first enlargement of the Erie Canal and started the construction of the Adirondack reservoirs. Vaughan soon became nationally recognized not only for his talent in drafting maps and plans for that work but also for his keen observations of life along the Erie Canal.
Presenter Craig Williams retired in 2014 as a senior historian at the New York State Museum after more than thirty years of service. From 1978 to 1983 he was the director of the DeWitt Historical Society of Tompkins County in Ithaca. He was curator at the Erie Canal Museum from 1976 through 1977.