Free educational field trips, improved museum exhibits, and expanded recreational experiences are a few of the projects that will get underway this year thanks to $32,000 in grant funding from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Grant funds will leverage an additional $203,000 in private and public project funding raised by seven grant recipients.
Erie Canalway has awarded nearly $500,000 in small grants since 2007, which has leveraged an additional $1.85 million in project funding. Continue reading
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum has announced the 2017 Legacy Tour of Schooner Lois McClure. The tour will pay tribute to the legacy of the canals, which celebrate 200 years in 2017, and the legacy of the Northern Forest trees, which built the thousands of wooden boats that plied our waterways. Continue reading
To begin the celebration of the 200 years of the Erie Canal, the Oneida County History Council in partnership with the Canal Society of New York will hold a conference in Utica and Rome May 19 to 21, 2017. Continue reading
This week on The Historians Podcast, Michael Barrett has a description of life on the eastern end of the Erie Canal in the 1880s which had numerous locks and a reputation for payoffs and rowdiness. Barrett is executive director of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway in Troy.
Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
The NYS Canal System has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
The designation places New York’s operating canals among the premier historic sites in the United States. The Adirondack Park was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1963, and is the largest NHL. Continue reading
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, in partnership with the NYS Canal Corporation, is offering a limited number sponsorships up to $500 for events or festivals taking place in the National Heritage Corridor from May through November 2017.
Qualifying events must promote or celebrate the distinctive historic, cultural, scenic, or recreational resources of the canal corridor. Continue reading
As the National Park Service embarks on its second century, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor in New York is celebrating the accomplishments of its centennial celebration.
Erie Canalway NHC programs and visitor information helped thousands of visitors, students, and residents find their way to New York’s legendary canals, Erie Canalway Trail, historic sites, and canal communities in 2016. Continue reading
The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House has received a $75,000 grant for VoteTilla, a week-long navigational celebration which will take place along the Erie Canal from July 16-22, 2017.
The event is in honor of the New York state women’s suffrage centennial and is a reminder of the work and cooperation required to secure the vote for women. Continue reading
One of the ways of demonstrating the work we do is to show the value of history for revealing historical precedents, insights or parallels which help shed light on current issues. We might call it “putting history to work.”
Four examples from the past few weeks: Continue reading
This week on “The Historians” podcast, Bob Cudmore relates how his grandmother, Margaret Cook, boarded soldiers who were guarding the New York Barge Canal lock in Randall during World War I. He also has the story of German native Bill Fennhahn who became an American war hero in World War II. Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading