Friday, April 8, 2016

The Final Program in 2016 Speaker’s Series to be Held

On April 10th the Spring Speaker Series at the Versailles Area Museum will conclude with our guest Neal Brady, of the Miami Erie Canal Corridor Association, where Mr. Brady serves on the Board that continues to preserve portions of this great canal.

The Miami-Erie Canal Corridor Association (MECCA) is a 501 (c)(3) organization which was created in 1996 to champion the cause of the historic Miami-Erie Canal corridor in Western Ohio.

MECCA is dedicated to raising awareness of the historical, educational, recreational and natural value of the canal greenway. The association also serves as a clearinghouse for canal related events and information. It is MECCA's goal to be the representative voice of canal associated partners to local, state and federal government officials.

Additional goals include garnering grassroots support for an enhanced canal, strengthening canal partnerships, and seeing the Miami-Erie Canal designated as both a State and National Heritage Corridor.

MECCA is funded primarily by individual memberships.

Many of the early settlers to northeastern Darke and western Shelby County worked on the Canals construction and remained in the area after its completion, many to this day.

Mr. Brady will share colorful stories of life along the canal as they built it and the towns & villages that sprang up along the way.

Neal has authored several books on the Canals legacy and will have copies available along with some wonderful historic items from the Canals history.

This program begins at 2:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. We encourage you to invite your friends and family and spend an afternoon with us, you’ll be glad you did!

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