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Labor Songs and Opening Day at Schoharie Crossing

The Erie Canal historic site, Schoharie Crossing will be opening their Visitor Center for the 2022 season on Sunday, May 1st at 1pm.  The site will be celebrating with a performance by Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle, who will be offering their “Labor Union Song’s” program at 2pm outside the Visitor Center, 129 Schoharie Street, Fort Hunter.

The labor unions in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s were particularly strong in solidarity and activism, and even included songs to motivate and give hope. Musicians Gibson and Staudle present a variety of these songs, as well as historic narrative about the development and progress of the Labor Union movement, which includes a passage about the historic Mohawk Valley Formula negotiation system. The program is an open-air concert that will be held near the Visitor Center lasting about 45 minutes and is family friendly. Please dress for the weather and bring lawn chairs.

Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle are award winning songwriters and singers and live near the Adirondacks in upstate New York. As a duo, they have been performing for twelve years, and tour both regionally and nationally.

The Visitor Center will have open hours until the end of October: Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and Sundays 1pm to 4pm. Closed Monday’s and Tuesdays. Groups or off-hour reservations are available.

For more information about these programs or the historic site, please call the Visitor Center at (518) 829-7516, email, or visit

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