Book Talk: Heaven’s Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal

Book Talk with Jack Kelly

Tuesday, August 14 | 6:30 pm | $10 (free for members) | Purchase Tickets

The Erie Canal made New York the commercial capital of America and brought the modern world crashing into the frontier. "Heaven's Ditch" by Jack Kelly recounts America’s very first “crime of the century,” wild treasure hunts, searing acts of violence, a visionary cross-dresser, and a panoply of fanatics, mystics, and hoaxers. 

About the Author

Jack Kelly is a journalist, novelist, and historian. He received the DAR’s History Award Medal for his book Band of Giants. He has contributed to national periodicals including American Heritage Magazine and is a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow. He has appeared on The History Channel and C-SPAN and been interviewed on National Public Radio. He grew in the Erie Canal region and now lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. Find out more at


This event will be held at the Melville Gallery at 213 Water Street. Doors open at 6:15 PM. Book signing to follow the talk. Books on sale at the event.