Joseph Henry Learns Geology on the Erie Canal in 1826

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This article discusses a month-long boat tour that Joseph Henry, who would later become the first Secretary of the Smithsonian, took with students of the Albany Academy in 1826. Led by geologist Amos Eaton, the group studied notable geological sites along the Erie Canal. Material for this paper came from Henry's journal of the trip, "Notes of a Tour from the Hudson to Lake Erie in May and June of 1826." The article includes biographical material.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Eaton, Amos 1776-1842
  • Albany Academy


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New York History Vol. 50 (Journal)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


January 1969


  • Geology
  • Secretaries
  • Science
  • Biography
  • New York (State)


  • Albany (N.Y.)
  • United States
  • New York (State)

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pp. 29-42

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