The 2017 World Canals Conference (WCC 2017) has announced its key speakers for this year’s event, set to take place September 24-28 in Syracuse. The conference provides a world-class program that highlights some of the most exciting and innovative activities on the world’s waterways. WCC 2017 speakers hail from around the globe, including experts from France, Poland, Scotland, Korea, the U.K., the Netherlands and the U.S. Continue reading
Event registration for Path Through History Weekends now underway. Events will be held around the state to celebrate the theme of Canals & Transportation. Continue reading
As the New York celebrates the 200th anniversary of the building of the Erie Canal in 2017, amateur and professional photographers are invited capture the canal corridor’s distinctive sense of place for the 12th annual Erie Canalway Photo Contest. Winning photos will be featured in the 2018 Erie Canalway calendar. Continue reading
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the New York State Canal Corporation have teamed up to sponsor 27 festivals and events in 2017 to showcase the Canalway Corridor’s nationally significant heritage and the tremendous recreational appeal of the waterway and Canalway Trail today. Events include cycling and paddling tours, canal festivals, and concerts on the waterfront.
The canal system is scheduled to open May 19, weather permitting, with an opening ceremony to take place at Lock 2 in Waterford at 10 am. Continue reading
This week on “The Historians” podcast, folksingers Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle perform songs from the early days of the Erie Canal. Gibson and Staudle will perform their Erie Canal program at the Oneida County History Center on Saturday, May 13, at 1 pm at 1608 Genesee Street in Utica.
On Saturday, April 8 from 4 to 7 pm, the Albany Institute of History & Art will host the sixth annual Hudson Valley Hops. This regional craft beer tasting event is a fundraiser for the museum and is sponsored by the Times UNions’ Table Hopping blog.
It’s an opportunity for the community to sample the flavors of Capital Region craft brewers, see brewing and distilling artifacts from the Albany Institute’s collection, meet industry experts, and receive a commemorative glass. This year, the fundraiser will toast the bicentennial of the groundbreaking of the original Erie Canal with an Irish Red Ale invitational, an IPA contest, music, and more. Continue reading
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.