Enjoy a quick look back through the bicentennial year and then set your sights on protecting, promoting, and celebrating the Erie Canalway’s distinctive heritage and sense of place in 2018.
Bob Radliff, Executive Director
What’s in Store…
We’re excited for the New Year! Here’s a look at some of our major work for the year ahead:
Celebrate the Centennial!
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the completion of the NYS “Barge” Canal System, the connecting waterways that grew from the original Erie, Champlain, Cayuga-Seneca, and Oswego canals and that are still in use today. Watch for programs and events throughout the year. We will also
install bronze plaques at 15 locations to mark the NYS Canal System’s designation as a National Historic Landmark. The plaques are made possible thanks to funding support from The William G. Pomeroy Foundation and the National Park Service.
Connect Canal Travelers to Communities.
In cooperation with the NYS Canal Corp, we will complete installation of dockside exhibit panels at 35 locations along the entire canal system. The signs will help travelers learn about the history of canal communities and the canal system today, and find their way to services near the canal.
Expand the NYS Canalway Water Trail.
We’ll make major strides this year to develop a guide book, navigational map set and online trip planning for the NYS Canalway Water Trail. We’ll also support recreational events that raise awareness of paddling on the canal.
Look for the release of our Visitor Profile Survey in 2018. We’ll make some improvements to the way we reach out to potential visitors, and continue to provide visitor guides, itineraries and online information.
Develop and Launch a Major New Recreation Campaign.
Thanks to funding from Market NY through the Capital Region Economic Development Council, we will develop and launch a fun campaign to encourage cycling, paddling, and hiking journeys during the canal bicentennial period (through 2025).
It’s going to be another exciting year along the canal. We’ll provide financial and planning assistance for a variety of events, including: a four month journey from Brooklyn to Buffalo of Corning Museum of Glass’GlassBarge and Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s canal schooner Lois McClure; the 20th anniversary of Cycle the Erie Canal, organized by Parks & Trails New York; and a host of community events.
Provide Education for Youth.
More than 5,000 students are expected to visit historic canal sites, museums and national parks in the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor through our
We’ll release the master plan and feasibility study for the Matton Shipyard Preservation & Adaptive Reuse Initiative, shore up three remaining buildings, and begin work to stabilize the shoreline along the Hudson River. We’ll continue to work with NYS OPRHP, Canal Corp, the City of Cohoes, and other partners to further define short and long-term uses of the site.
Plus… we’ll host our popular Photo Contest and Calendar, distribute grants for preservation and education projects, and submit a proposal to Reimagine the Canals.
Development and Communications Manager
We are seeking to expand our impact by hiring a talented individual to carry out fundraising/development and communications activities. This individual will assist with integration of fundraising/development and communications functions, where appropriate, while helping to maximize the reach and effectiveness of both. MORE >
Preserve New York Grants Available
2018 Preserve New York grant applications are now available to not-for-profits and municipalities seeking to complete building condition reports, historic structure reports, cultural landscape reports, or cultural resource surveys. The Preserve New York grant program is a partnership between the Preservation League of NYS and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), with generous additional support provided by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.
Applications are due on March 26, 2018. Applicants must call the League at
(518) 462-5658, x10 to discuss their project prior to receiving an application. Learn more: