How Clinton’s Ditch Made a Way for Amos Eaton’s “Blaze of Geological Zeal”

How Clinton’s Ditch Made a Way for Amos Eaton’s “Blaze of Geological Zeal”

Virtual lecture features author of DeWitt Clinton and Amos Eaton Get your ticket now for How Clinton's Ditch Made a Way for Amos Eaton's "Blaze of Geological Zeal" with David Spanagel, historian and author of DeWitt Clinton and Amos Eaton: Geology and Power in Early New York. The online program will take place Saturday, July 25 at Read More »
Ohio Extends the Erie Canal

Ohio Extends the Erie Canal

Online lecture examines history of Ohio's canal system The Erie Canal Museum hosts a special talk about the Ohio canal system's national and international impact by John J. Grabowski of the Case Western Reserve University and the Western Reserve Historical Society, Tuesday, July 14 at 1 p.m. EDT. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the program Read More »
Syracuse's First Fourth of July Celebration

Syracuse’s First Fourth of July Celebration

A look at Syracuse's 1820 Fourth of July celebration By Derrick Pratt, Erie Canal Museum Educator The Erie Canal totally transformed the state of New York. In few places was that transformation as clear as in the Erie Canal Museum’s hometown, Syracuse. Prior to the Canal, what became the City of Syracuse was a small, Read More »
The Weighlock Building: No Place Like Home

The Weighlock Building: No Place Like Home

June 4 Quarantine Coffee Hour examines the National Register Syracuse Weighlock Building Join the Erie Canal Museum on Facebook Live at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 4 for our weekly Quarantine Coffee Hour. The program is free and open to the public. Museum Educator Derrick Pratt will discuss the history of the National Register Syracuse Weighlock Building. This structure Read More »
The Weighlock Building: There's No Place Like Home

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 in the beginning, they were Read More »
The Divisive Ditch: Early Perceptions of the Erie Canal

The Divisive Ditch: Early Perceptions of the Erie Canal

A Deeper Dive virtual lecture features Carol Sheriff, author of The Artificial River Get your ticket now for The Divisive Ditch: Early Perceptions of the Erie Canal with Carol Sheriff, historian and author of The Artificial River. The online program will take place Saturday, May 30 at 1 p.m. Sheriff is the first guest in our new Read More »
Erie Canal Song Lyrics, Music, History & More

Erie Canal Song Lyrics, Music, History & More

Iconic Erie Canal Song is topic of May 28 Quarantine Coffee Hour   Join the Erie Canal Museum on Facebook Live at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 28 for our weekly Quarantine Coffee Hour. The program is free and open to the public. Performer and teaching artist Dave Ruch joins Museum Educator Derrick Pratt to discuss the iconic Erie Canal Read More »
Erie Canal Song Lyrics, Music, History & 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 song “Low Bridge! – Everybody Read More »
Early Months of Erie Canal Navigation in Syracuse

Early Months of Erie Canal Navigation in Syracuse

Quarantine Coffee Hour looks at early months of navigation on the middle division of the Erie Canal   Join the Erie Canal Museum on Facebook Live at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 21 for our weekly Quarantine Coffee Hour. The program is free and open to the public. Museum Educator Derrick Pratt will discuss the beginning of navigation on New Read More »
Syracuse's First Fourth of July Celebration

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 its waters. This was only Read More »
The Life and Times of a Canal Boat Cook

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 Oliver Wendell Holmes, whom she Read More »
Western Terminus of the Erie Canal: Buffalo or Black Rock?

Western Terminus of the Erie Canal: Buffalo or Black Rock?

By Ashley Maready, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Erie Canal Museum  At the time of the original Erie Canal’s construction, in the early 19th century, the big question to be answered was, “Where will the Canal connect to Lake Erie?” A fierce battle ensued, between the villages of Buffalo and Black Rock. The winner of Read More »