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The Weighlock Building: There’s No Place Like Home

Working at the Weighlock Building on the Erie Canal in Syracuse, New York   New York State employees occupied the Syracuse Weighlock Building beginning on July 22, 1850. There was a high turnover rate among them. It’s not known how many employees worked at the Weighlock, but at least Read More »

Erie Canal Song Lyrics, Music, History, Videos and more

By Dave Ruch Note from author Dave Ruch – I’ve been singing this song with groups of kids and adults for 20 years now, researching its history as I travel across New York state. Enjoy!   Following is as much information as we know about the iconic Read More »

“21st Century Kids Along the Erie Canal” now free online

Erie Canal author and boatman Robert Graham just released a new book, 21st Century Kids Along the Erie Canal. The Erie Canal Museum is partnering with the author by making this book of photographs available for free on our website. Click here to access 21st Century Kids. The book features 102 Read More »

Early Months of Erie Canal Navigation in Syracuse

By Derrick Pratt, Erie Canal Museum Educator Earlier this year, we looked at the early months of 1820 in Syracuse and on the fledgling Erie Canal, which, with the arrival of the Montezuma on April 20, began to offer the small community a taste of the astounding opportunities presented by Read More »

The Life and Times of a Canal Boat Cook

Educator Derrick Pratt's biography of Oliver Wendell Petrie, a worker on early 20th century canals By Derrick Pratt, Erie Canal Museum Educator Oliver Wendell Petrie was born into a large family on November 18, 1899 in Oswego, New York. His mother was an avid reader and named her son after Read More »