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Top Ten Erie Canal Books

200 years ago the construction of the Erie Canal from Albany to Buffalo radically transformed New York State. Cities like Syracuse, Rochester, and Utica sprang up along its banks; the Great Lakes and New York City boomed thanks to their new linkage; and New York itself Read More »

Who are the Erie Canal Museum’s top Gingerbread Gallery bakers?

The judges have spoken! This year’s panel of judges recently completed scoring submissions in the 35th Annual Gingerbread Gallery at the Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Boulevard East in downtown Syracuse. This year’s judges were Fiona Day of Pie’s The Limit Bakery in the Salt City Markey (, Merike Read More »

Weathering Winter on the Erie Canal

The New York State Canal System closed for the winter in mid-October this year. In the 19th century, the Erie Canal was also closed during the long, cold winter months. During this time, boats were not able to travel on a frozen canal, and the Canal was typically drained Read More »

Call for bakers!

The Erie Canal Museum in downtown Syracuse invites bakers of all ages to register for the 36th Annual Gingerbread Gallery, a display of confectionery creations that celebrates the holidays and the Erie Canal. The first Gingerbread Gallery at the Erie Canal Museum celebrated the architecture of local Read More »

Message in a Bottle: From Ashes, to Artifacts, to Ancestry

By Amie Flanigan, Erie Canal Museum Project Archivist Every summer for as long as I can remember, my family has spent weekends visiting the flea markets of Oswego County, on a quest for some very personal treasure. The treasure we sought was not gold, but glass… Even as a child Read More »