CSNJ September Meeting

Next Meeting is scheduled for September 16, 2016
 7:30 p.m. – Refreshments at 7:10 p.m.
 Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Haggerty Education Center
 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township
 (note change of location, directions below)

Where Did All the Canal Boats Go?

Joe Macasek – President, Canal Society of New Jersey

Bill McKelvey – President, United Railroad Historical Society


For more than a hundred years boats of all shapes and sizes traveled New Jersey’s towpath canals. Literally thousands of boats were employed. Where did they all go? People have studied canal history and explored the remains of canals, but few have given much attention to the boats. In this presentation we look into who built the boats, what they cost, how they changed over the years, and will hear a few stories about where they went. Both Morris and D&R canal boats will be discussed. In addition to this evening’s presentation, CSNJ member Deb Wefferling will prepare and serve a light supper and a fine dessert. Deb’s culinary skills are well known among members, so please come early to enjoy food and friendly conversation before the meeting.


Joe Macasek is President of the Canal Society of New Jersey, past President of the Roebling Chapter of the Society for Industrial Archeology, Director of Communication for the Friends of Historic Speedwell, and serves on the Morris County Heritage Commission. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in design from the Pratt Institute and is self employed as a graphic designer. He is the author of the Guide to the Morris Canal in Morris County.
Bill McKelvey made his mark as a historian with the publication of his photo histories of the D&R Canal and Champlain to Chesapeake after a long professional career in the insurance industry. He was a CSNJ director for many years and is especially remembered for organizing and leading a long list of foreign and domestic tours. Among his many volunteer activities he is now involved in a leadership capacity with the Liberty Historic Railway, Inc. and the United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey.


Directions to the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Haggerty Education Center