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Erie Canal Museum Announces New “Erie Canal Made New York” Exhibit

By Staff

 

erielogoThe Erie Canal Museum has recently announced the completion of its new, permanent first floor exhibit, “The Erie Canal Made New York.”

The $700,000 project chronicles the history of the inland waterway, and is the first major renovation the museum has added since the Heritage Area Visitor Center was built in 1992.

Steve Feldman and Debbie Van Buren researched and designed the exhibit.

“‘The Erie Canal Made New York’ chronicles the history of the inland waterway that helped shape the United States, and made New York City the economic center of the world,” the museum said in a press release. “The exhibit uses hands-on exhibits, narrative audio tracks, interactive displays, and original artifacts to explain why and by whom the Erie Canal was conceived, the technology used in its construction, canal-inspired inventions, and the waterway’s role in our country’s social and economic development.”

According to officials, the exhibit explains the history of the canal beginning with its inception, construction, and immediate success, up to the present barge canal system.

The Transportation Enhancement Program; the New York State Canal Corporation; the New York State Office of Parks, Recreations and Historic Preservation; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Feldmeier; the Emerson Foundation; the John Ben Snow Foundation; JGB Enterprises; and Onondaga County Department of Transportation sponsored the program.

Visit http://eriecanalmuseum.org/ for additional information regarding the exhibit.

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