In partnership with the Museum Association of New York (MANY), the Erie Canal Museum is hosting Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program. Water/Ways explores water’s effects on migration and settlement, and the relationship between water and politics, economics, and culture. Water/Ways will be on display in the second-floor Weighlock Gallery from June 29 through August 11, 2019. We are honored to be selected as one of only six institutions statewide to host this outstanding exhibition.
We are presenting the following free public programs in association with Water/Ways. We hope you’ll join us for one or all of them!
Wednesday, July 10, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Includes refreshments, remarks, and the opportunity to view and learn more about this amazing exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution. The Sassy Taco Food Truck will be parked outside, offering a variety of scrumptious dinner fare. Free and open to the public.
Interpreted Bicycle Ride
Tuesday, July 16, 6 p.m.
Join staff of the Erie Canal Museum on this recreational bike ride along the route of the Erie Canal in Syracuse, New York. Learn about the 19th century Canal in downtown Syracuse, and explore some of the city’s historic and contemporary Canal systems, including the Onondaga Creekwalk, the Inner Harbor, and Onondaga Lake. Meet at the Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse. Helmets are required. Free and open to the public.
Escape on the Erie: A program for children and families
Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m.
Join the crew of the Nathan Roberts as they work together to solve the clues that will help their mule escape from mule rustlers on the Erie Canal. The Nathan Roberts canal boat has been tied up in Syracuse waiting its turn at the weigh lock. During the night, the mule towing the boat was unhitched and led away. Families and other small groups can learn about the Erie Canal and other local waterways as they solve the puzzles, unlock the BreakOut Box and free the mule. Limited to 25 participants. Free and open to the public.
New York’s Queen City: A History of Buffalo
Thursday, August 1, 12 p.m.
How did Buffalo earn its spot as the western terminus of the Erie Canal? And how did it grow into the Empire State’s second largest city? Learn the answers to these and other questions about this major New York city during our third curator talk of 2019. Ashley Maready will unpack the history of Buffalo, sharing research findings as well as images and archival documents from our collection. Free and open to the public.
Water/Ways Wednesday at the Weighlock with Donald Meixner
Wednesday, August 7, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
During this special event, Donald Meixner performs songs that traveled the Erie Canal and points west with the diggers and other workers who immigrated from many different countries. He’ll talk about the origins of some of these songs, and discuss how they were transformed through time. Our presenter is well-known throughout Central New York as the guitarist and five-string banjo player for The Flyin’ Column. For more than 45 years The Flyin’ Column has performed the folk music of Ireland, Scotland, and North America at festivals, weddings, and in some of the finest saloons in New York State, Pennsylvania, and Canada. Bring your singing voice to this Water/Ways program, which is free and open to the public.
More programs are being scheduled, so be sure to check this page often!
Water/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum Association of New York, and was adapted from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York.
Water/Ways public programs are supported by a generous grant from the M&T Charitable Foundation.