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Erie Canal Worksheet

Name or Group_____________________

Directions: Answer the following questions by analyzing the "Grand Celebration!" broadside.

1. What event did the broadside celebrate? __________________________

and_____________________________________________________

2. When was it to occur? _________________________________________

3. In what town were these festivities to take place?_____________________

4. What special activities were planned for this event?

a.___________________________b.___________________________

c.___________________________d.___________________________

5. Which one(s) would you have liked to attend if you lived at this time in

history? ______________________ Why?____________________

6. What do you think each of the illustrations represented on the broadside?

a.___________________________b.___________________________

c.___________________________d.___________________________

7. Why do you think this event was so important? _______________________

_________________________________________________________

8. Can you think of at least six other events in our history that would call for grand celebrations?

a.___________________________b.___________________________

c.___________________________d.___________________________

e.___________________________f.___________________________

9. What types of events are planned for modern day celebrations such as the inauguration of a new president or a town's birthday celebration? Which ones might be similar or different to those at the opening of the Erie Canal?