Model Boats Make a Splash

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 built for the Erie Canal Read More »
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 »
Through the Mire: A Look at the Environmental History of the Erie Canal

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 ability to effectively support commerce Read More »
CNY Hops: The Birth, Death & Rebirth of an Industry

CNY Hops: The Birth, Death & Rebirth of an Industry

Images of the hops industry in Central New York The Erie Canal Museum's July 9 Quarantine Coffee Hour features Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz discussing the history of the hops industry in Central New York. The program will be streamed on Facebook Live beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. It's free and open to all. Hops 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: 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, 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 »
"21st Century Kids Along the Erie Canal" available free online

“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 photographs documenting the lives of 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 »
Designing and Constructing a Replica of DeWitt Clinton's Seneca Chief

Designing & Constructing A Replica of DeWitt Clinton’s Seneca Chief

By John Montague, Buffalo Maritime Center Join the Erie Canal Museum on Facebook Live, 10 a.m. May 7, to learn more about this project. In anticipation of the bicentennial of the opening of the Erie Canal in 2025, the Buffalo Maritime Center has undertaken a project to construct a replica of DeWitt Clinton’s packet boat Seneca Read More »
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