Canastota: Henke completes Canalside Talks

The final program of the Canalside Talks season will be held at the Canal Museum Education Center in Canastota at 7 p.m. Monday, April 16, when author Jack Henke discusses a few historical bits about Oneida Lake and the vicinity he collected while researching his four books on the lake and Sylvan Beach.

Henke has been exploring Oneida Lake since his senior year at Hamilton College in 1972. He is a 30-year high school social studies teacher at Brookfield Central School, having received a Master of Arts Degree from Brown University in 1973.

Each of his four books about Oneida Lake and the communities that surround it includes early lake history and pictures, as well as essays and comments written about the lake by others through the years. The books include many of his observations and interviews.

Henke touches on the natural and personal aspects of lake development by environmental forces and some of the most memorable personalities involved in its development.

Henke's first book, published in 1975 "Sylvan Beach, A History," was followed by "Oneida Lake Places, Names and History" in 1989, "Tales of Oneida Lake" in 1993, and "From The Beach to Brewerton" in 2004. All four books are on the shelves at Canastota Public Library, and Henke will bring copies with him April 16.

The one-hour talk, which will include postcard slides, will be followed by a question and answer period, and refreshments.

The series is sponsored by Canastota Canal Town Corporation and is open and free to the public. The new Education Center is located on Canal Street in downtown Canastota, three doors east of the Canal Museum.

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