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Erie Canalway IMPACT! Grants Support Education and Preservation along the Erie Canal

View Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Press Release WATERFORD, NY- The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is pleased to announce that 13 non-profit organizations and municipalities will receive Erie Canalway IMPACT! Grants in 2021 totaling $108,787. The grants advance vital work to preserve and showcase canal heritage, educate youth, and Read More »

Syracuse NY: Revitalized Former Erie Canal Town

The Erie Canal Museum was included in the Getaway Mavens Syracuse area post. "WHY GO: A 'port' town, Syracuse NY was sophisticated and open to the outside world from the get go, despite its remote Central NY location. The Erie Canal actually coursed right through downtown: old photographs convey a Venice-like Read More »

Congratulations, Model Canal Boat Contest Winners!

Online contest attracts entries from four states Congratulations to the winners of the Erie Canal Museum's Brick-a-Boat model canal boat contest! In this contest, partner museums across the state judged model boats of all kinds according to overall appeal, originality, difficulty, and creative use of materials. The contest was completely Read More »

Model Canal Boats Make a Splash

Digital exhibit features entries in Erie Canal Museum’s Brick-a-Boat model canal boat contest. Works go on the museum website August 28.  By Vicki Krisak, Erie Canal Museum A steam-powered cargo boat, a tugboat that traveled the Great Lakes, a railroad barge, and a replica of the Independence, a packet boat Read More »

Through the Mire: A Look at the Environmental History of the Erie Canal

By David Brooks, Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site An examination of the environmental history of Upstate New York and its impact on the Erie Canal The waterways of New York State have been utilized for hundreds of years but with the arrival of Europeans and the age of colonialism, their Read More »