Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has received an Open OutDoors for Kids grant from the National Park Foundation to expand education programs throughout the National Heritage Corridor. The grant will enable Erie Canalway to engage 1,500 students from lower income schools in free field trips to the Erie Canal Museum (Syracuse), Fort Stanwix National Monument (Rome), Saratoga National Historical Park (Stillwater), and Women’s Rights National Historical Park (Seneca Falls) during the 2023-24 school year. [Read more…] about Erie Canalway Corridor Receives Grant to Expand Education Programs
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The Erie Canal Museum has announced a collaboration with cultural sites and breweries across the state. “Beers, Bikes, and Barges” is a summer-long cycling series along the historic Erie Canal. This series showcases the rich history of the Erie Canal, the Empire State Trail, and the breweries found throughout New York State. [Read more…] about Beers, Bikes and Barges: A Erie Canal Cycling Series
The Erie Canal Museum has announced their 2022 History Happy Hour series is set to begin on Thursday, April 21st at Willow Rock Brewing Company, with a special “Wheels at Willow” event. [Read more…] about Erie Canal Museum’s History Happy Hour Series Kicks-Off
In 1901, the city fathers of Troy, NY wanted a fine, naturalist city park to rival the parks of other cities, such as Manhattan’s Central Park, and Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. They chose the highest point in the city: Mount Ida, purchased the land, and chose a landscape architect. That man was Garnet Douglass Baltimore.
Baltimore was a son of Troy; his father had been a prominent member of Troy’s African American community, and he was the first black graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. [Read more…] about Troy Engineer Garnett Douglass Baltimore (Virtual Program)
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site will be the kick-off location for the Erie Canal Museum’s “Erie Eats: Cones and Canals” cycling and walking series, on Saturday, July 10th.
Every other Saturday at 11 am throughout the summer, the series will feature an hour-long guided tour, either by bike or by foot (depending on location), along the new Empire State Trail while highlighting unique Canal history. [Read more…] about Cones & Canals Series Kicking Off At Schoharie Crossing
Talking Cursive Brewing Company and the Erie Canal Museum have teamed up to brew “Good Ol’ Pale Ale” as part of the Erie Eats: The Erie Canal Foodways Project. [Read more…] about Beer Release Celebrates Erie Canal and Syracuse Brewing History
The Erie Canal Museum is set to open the new exhibit An Erie Canal Odyssey: The Photographs of Frank Forte, on Tuesday, September 15th, in the Link Gallery.
In this exhibit, award-winning photographer Frank Forte shares 10 multi-image panels that depict communities, structures, boats, people, and activities along the canals of New York State. [Read more…] about Erie Canal Museum Hosts Canal Images Exhibit
The Oneida County History Center has announced a free virtual lecture by Erie Canal Museum Educator Derrick Pratt, looking at the early efforts to harness New York’s interior waterways and the political wrangling that almost kept the Erie Canal from happening.
Completed in 1825 to create a navigable water route between the Atlantic Ocean at city of New York and the Great Lakes, the Canal was the second longest in the world and greatly enhanced the development and economy of the United States. But while the Erie Canal took only eight years to dig, it was a nearly 100-year long process to get started, often mocked by those who thought it impossible or unnecessary.
The Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse has invited current volunteers and canal and history lovers, to attend a free training session for volunteer docents on Monday, February 3rd.
Docents, also known as tour guides, take groups through the Museum, explaining key information about the Erie Canal and the 1850 National Register Syracuse Weighlock Building. [Read more…] about Erie Canal Museum to Train Volunteer Guides
Derrick Pratt, of Chittenango, has joined the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse as Museum Educator.
In this new position Pratt is expected to identify and implement opportunities to grow the institution’s education services for all audiences, and provide engaging new programs that share the Erie Canal’s history and impact with classroom students, adult learners, travelers, and everyone living in Central New York. [Read more…] about Erie Canal Museum Hires Museum Educator