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Free Lecture 6/17 on Steamboat-Inventor Robert Fulton at Hanford Mills Museum

Also on June 17, in honor of Father's Day, Museum admission is free

06/15/2012 - On June 17 at 2 p.m., Hanford Mills Museum will offer a free lecture on the legacy of Robert Fulton, the creator of the first commercially successful steamboat. His achievement helped catalyze the expansion of steam power into the energy source of the Industrial Revolution.

A smart young man from humble beginnings, Fulton was a talented artist and inventor. He devised canal locks that were eventually used in Britain, designed the first workable submarine (for Napoleon Bonaparte), and more. Steam made possible a quantum jump in manufacturing, true mass production, and the beginnings of the homogenization of material culture. American lives became faster, more bountiful, and more interconnected, thanks to the advent of steam power.

The lecture will be given by Robert W. Arnold III, a public historian now retired from the New York State Archives. He was Albany County Historian and an historical archaeologist and serves as a Commissioner of Historic Resources for the City of Albany. He teaches at the College of Saint Rose and Excelsior College.

This program, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities' Speakers in the Humanities program.

"The generous support of the New York Council for the Humanities has allowed Hanford Mills Museum to invite a public historian of Mr. Arnold's caliber to speak in East Meredith," according to Executive Director Liz Callahan. "The Museum is the perfect venue for his presentation because the Mill's steam power plant has been authentically recreated and offers steam power demonstrations several times a year."

Museum Admission is Free for Everyone on 6/17

Callahan noted that admission to the lecture and the Museum are free on June 17, which is Father's Day.

"Bring Dad and the entire family, picnic beside the Mill pond, and learn about the history of steam power at one of the most authentic steam power sites in the country," she said.

About Hanford Mills Museum

Hanford Mills Museum is open 10 am 5 pm, Wednesdays through Sundays, and on holiday Mondays through October 14. Hanford Mills Museum is located at 51 County Hwy. 12, at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10 and 12, in East Meredith, NY, just 10 miles from Oneonta and 15 miles from Delhi. Children 12 and under are admitted free, as are Museum members. The admission fee for adults and teens (13-64) is $8.50; and for senior citizens, $6.50. AAA and military discounts are available.

As one of only a handful of operating water-powered mills, Hanford Mills Museum has earned a place on both the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places. The mission of Hanford Mills Museum is to inspire audiences of all ages to explore connections between energy, technology, natural resources and entrepreneurship in rural communities with a focus on sustainable choices.

For more information, visit www.hanfordmills.org or call 607/278-5744.

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