Grants Boost Erie Canal Education and Preservation

SYRACUSE, NY – Ten innovative education and preservation projects will get off the ground this year with funding support from Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Erie Canalway announced grants totaling $65,530, which will be matched by an additional $478,000 in private and public project funding raised by grant recipients.

Several organizations in Central New York are among the grant recipients:

H. Lee White Marine Museum in Oswego received $4,000 to develop a traveling exhibit that documents changes in the Oswego Canal and adjacent landscape using historical and current day images. The exhibit will travel to multiple Oswego Canal communities for display.

Connective Corridor (Syracuse University) received $7,000 to create an interactive public art mural highlighting the Erie Canal and other civic projects that showcase civic infrastructure, innovation, and creative place making in Syracuse.

Montezuma Historical Society in Montezuma received $3,113 to chart a course for organizational development and sustainability to facilitate the continued preservation, interpretation, and enhancement of significant canal sites and historic properties in the Town of Montezuma.

The grants are aimed at inspiring people to learn more about New York’s legendary canals and further explore the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

“I’m thrilled to hear that these fantastic organizations will be strengthened in their efforts to maintain the history of the Erie Canal and the rich character of upstate New York,” said U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.  “These investments will go a long way to help preserve the Erie Canalway Corridor, promote our natural heritage, and maintain access for our communities and tourists alike.”

Erie Canalway Acting Director Bob Radliff said, “These projects help us capitalize on our exceptional heritage. We’re proud to work in partnership with our grantees to pass on the legacy of the Erie Canal through education, preservation, and cultural expression.”

Erie Canalway grants are made possible in part with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor spans 524 miles across the full expanse of upstate New York, encompassing the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Oswego, and Champlain canals and their historic alignments, as well as more than 230 canal communities.

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission and the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund work in partnership to preserve our extraordinary heritage, to promote the corridor as a world class tourism destination, and to foster vibrant communities connected by the waterway.