Committed to preserving the only existing weighlock building in the United States, the Erie Canal Museum collects and conserves Canal material, champions an appreciation and understanding of Erie Canal history through educational programming and promotes an awareness of the Canal's transforming effects on the past, present and future. More about the Museum...
January 22, 2016
Join us for a free screening of our new documentary film, Boom and Bust: America’s Journey on the Erie Canal at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, February 21. The event will take place at the Museum, 318 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse. Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paul Wagner and co-produced by Museum Curator Daniel Ward, the 30-minute film tells the story of industrial expansion and decline along the Erie Canal and examines its impact on the lives of workers in steel, grain, textiles and shipping. The event will include a question and answer session with Ward, and DVDs will be available in the Museum shop. Seating is limited; please arrive early. Parking is free.
January 11, 2016
We are proud to announce that the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) recently selected the Erie Canal Museum for a 2015 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives award. The $59,100 award will support a project to digitize thousands of historic Canal-related photographic glass and film negative images and add them to the New York Heritage Digital Collections website.
This award will help give scholars and educators worldwide greater access to our collections and to those of the Canal Society of New York State. The Museum will collaborate with the Canal Society to digitize images from their collections of historic photographic glass and film negatives; create metadata for each image, and place images online following a model established under a 2014 Hidden Collections project. Through this initiative, we will digitize very inaccessible formats and create a unique and comprehensive visual archive on the history of New York State’s Erie Canal.
CLIR’s Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards program is generously supported by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The program succeeds the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program created in 2008. Digitizing Hidden Collections funds projects in which locally executed protocols contribute to a national good, using methods that are cost efficient and subject to wider adoption. It supports the creation of digital representations of unique content of high scholarly significance that will be discoverable and usable as elements of a coherent national collection.
December 23, 2015
We hope you will include the Erie Canal Museum in your year-end giving plans. We count on contributions from donors who value our mission of preserving the country’s only existing weighlock building, collecting and conserving Canal material, and championing an appreciation and understanding of the Erie Canal’s impact through educational programs. If you are one of these donors, thank you!
We are working diligently to meet important goals in 2016. We will catalog and digitize a huge volume of original Canal material, revise our educational resources to align with our new permanent exhibit, make much-needed improvements to our outdoor displays and create numerous exhibits in preparation for the Canal’s 2017 bicentennial. Your support is critically important to these goals. We are grateful for your help, and hopeful that you will give your support right away. Please click here to make a contribution. Thank you!