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Finger Lakes Boating Museum Awarded Grant for Erie Canal Exhibit


One Keuka Lake-based Museum will get federal grant money through the New York State National Maritime Heritage Grant Program.

The Finger Lakes Boating Museum in Hammondsport has been awarded $8,000 for the development of an exhibit and educational programming related to the Erie Canal bicentennial anniversary. The project aims to highlight narratives that have been traditionally underrepresented in the interpretation of Erie Canal history.

Daniel Mackay, OPRHP Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation said, “Across New York State, the abundance and diversity of lakes, rivers, canals harbors and bays have shaped our identity and way of life. I am grateful to the National Park Service and MARAD for this funding and look forward to working with the awardees across the state to help preserve and highlight our state’s rich maritime heritage.”

In 2023, the National Park Service (NPS) awarded $2 million in maritime heritage grants to fund 12 preservation projects in nine states, including two awards totaling $392,500 to the New York State OPRHP: $150,000 for preservation projects and $242,500 for education projects. The federal grants available through this program are made possible through a partnership between NPS and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD).

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