October 10, 2019
In the pre-dawn hours of August 2, 1826, Alexander Stewart Scott stepped aboard the steamboat Chambly in Quebec City,Canada. He was beginning a journey that not only took him across New York State but also ultimately changed his view of America and her people. A keen observer, the 21-year-old Scott meticulously recorded his travel experiences,observations about the people he encountered, impressions of things he saw, and reactions to events he witnessed.
Scott’s little-known travel journal is now available in a new edition from SUNY Press, edited by historian Paul G.Schneider, Jr., who will speak at the Alice T. Miner Museum on Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. Schneider’s presentation will take the audience through Scott’s journey,from uncomfortable stagecoach rides to the wonders of packet boat travel on the newly completed Erie Canal.Gregarious, funny, and inquisitive, Scott missed nothing of what he thought “worthy of observation,” and his record offers a fresh look at the familiar landmarks of New York State.