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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > A Poet’s Pilgrimage on the Wabash & Erie Canal A Poet’s Pilgrimage on the Wabash & Erie Canal

Author Liza Hyatt will share poems and stories developed while following the path of the Wabash and Erie Canal, researching the lives of her canal building Irish ancestors who came to Indiana in the 1830s. In the bardic tradition of Ireland, Hyatt will accompany her poetry with Celtic harp. Hyatt’s tracing of canal history will inspire others seeking to explore their own family history. A discussion period and dialogue about ways to creatively research our shared Hoosier heritage will follow Hyatt’s presentation.

Q&A with Legacy Project Coordinator Dan McCain

What do you consider the key accomplishment of your Legacy Project?

  • Ms. Liza Hyatt was our April Annual Meeting speaker. She did extensive research into her family genealogy and found very interesting facts about her great, great grandparents. The man and woman were Irish and were canal workers. Liza provided a captivating 45 minutes of poetry and harp music while relating through music and poetry about her ancestors.

Describe a highlight or most memorable moment related to your Legacy Project.

  • Ms. Hyatt has written her poetry and compiled a book which will be in print and sold in the Canal Center's Gift Shop.

How/where are you preserving information and artifacts related to your Legacy Project?

  • Her book will be the document and her voice and music will be featured in our Lobby kiosk where visitors may hear through headsets.

Estimated total attendance.

  • 125

Estimated dollar amount spent.

  • $150

Photos of A Poet's Pilgrimage

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Carroll County Wabash & Erie Canal, Inc. 

Board of Directors

  • Daniel McCain, President
  • Vicki Sickler, VP of Operations
  • Frances French, Secretary
  • David Kelly
  • Dick Traeger
  • John Polles
  • Al Auffart, VP of Finance
  • Janet Ayres
  • Karen Bradshaw
  • Mary Crary
  • Steven Gray, Treasurer
  • Annadell Lamb, VP of Administration

Committee Heads and others involved

  • Cecilia Henning
  • Linda Cooper
  • Steven Busch
  • Barry Nichols
  • Mark Smith
  • Carl Seese
  • Vern Cripe

Advisory Members

  • Attorny Abigail Huffer-Diener
  • Mayor Shane Evans
  • Commissioner Pat Clawson
  • Historian Tom Castaldi

Project Details

  • Organization: Wabash County Historical Museum
  • County: Wabash
  • Contact: (260) 563-9070
  • Type: Non-Profit
  • Project Number: IBC-HC-271
  • Website: