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19th Century Kids on the Erie Canal

By Ashley Maready, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Erie Canal Museum The idea of childhood and the role of children in the family unit were both in flux in the early 19th century, when New York canals were being built and operation was beginning. To be a kid in Canal Read More »

1820: A Year to Celebrate

By Derrick Pratt, Museum Educator   On April 20, 1820, the first packet boat traveled to Syracuse on the Erie Canal. In this article, Derrick Pratt shares the story of this momentous event. The Village of Syracuse was incorporated on April 13, 1825, marking the official founding of what would Read More »

Museum hosts family history research workshop

By Pamela Vittorio, guest writer Visit for more information and to register. Over the last twenty years, the digitization of genealogical records has become the mainstay of online sites like Family Search and Ancestry. The ability to retrieve and download records from the comfort of one’s home has allowed Read More »

Top Bakers in the 34th Annual Gingerbread Gallery

Community representatives recently completed scoring submissions in the 34th Annual Gingerbread Gallery at the Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Boulevard East in downtown Syracuse. Works by amateur and professional bakers were judged on the basis of overall appeal, originality, difficulty, and creative use of materials. Top bakers in the Youth, Read More »

Derrick Pratt Joins Staff as Museum Educator

The Erie Canal Museum recently welcomed Derrick Pratt, of Chittenango, New York, as its new Museum Educator. Derrick most recently worked at Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, where he was director of programs. In this newly created position at the Erie Canal Museum, he will identify and implement opportunities to Read More »


Haunted History Investigation with the Shadow Chasers

On November 10 from 8-11pm, you will be given the chance to investigate the Erie Canal Museum for paranormal activity! Learn the history of the Museum, the only existing Weighlock Building, and conduct your own investigation with the latest equipment and methods provided by the Shadow Chasers.Tickets are $15 per Read More »

27th Annual Gingerbread Gallery

Join us for one of Syracuse's oldest holiday traditions! When you visit the museum during the Gingerbread Gallery, the delicious aroma of ginger and candy will waft through the air, leading you to the second floor gallery. Each year the Erie Canal Museum transforms into a festive 1800's street scene with Read More »

Gingerbread Gallery Awards Ceremony

Join us as we announce the winners in each category for the 27th Annual Gingerbread Gallery! Read More »

Collected Memories: Quilts, Quilters and Quilting

Quilts are like time machines. While they have been used for centuries to keep warm and utilize fabric scraps, they also tell a story. This exhibit will transport visitors back in time with a narrative told through the medium of quilts. All quilts in the exhibit are from the collection Read More »

Reception for Collected Memories

Everyone is invited to our Sunday afternoon reception for Collected Memories featuring a gallery talk by collector Frances Parks at 2:00 PM. Tea and cookies will be served.Quilts are like time machines. While they have been used for centuries to keep warm and utilize fabric scraps, they also tell a Read More »