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Erie Canalway funds to help 2 local organizations

Erie Canalway funds to help 2 local organizations

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission is distributing $34,000 in grants to 11 cana

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission is distributing $34,000 in grants to 11 canal-related museums and historic sites to boost their ability to preserve and share the state’s canal heritage.

Two local organizations, the Mohawk Towpath Byway and the Burden Iron Works Museum, will share in the funding.

Each site came up with one project that would help them do a better job attracting and serving visitors, managing programs, or planning for the future. Sites will match the Erie Canalway grant with their own funds or services to double the value of Erie Canalway’s grant.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide these funds to organizations enrolled in the Erie Canalway Partner Program. We anticipate that these grants will keep on giving long after the money is spent, because they will enhance the ability of our partners to do their work even more effectively,” said Beth Sciumeca, Erie Canalway executive director.

Recipients include:

• Burden Iron Works Museum, Troy -- Long range planning

• Camillus Erie Canal Park, Camillus -- Communications and outreach upgrades

• Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, Chittenango -- Pilot outreach program

• Erie Canal Discovery Center, Lockport -- Communication and outreach upgrades

• Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse -- Collections management

• Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, North Tonawanda -- Communications and outreach upgrades

• Historic Palmyra, Palmyra -- Communication and outreach upgrades

• Mohawk Towpath Byway, Schenectady to Cohoes -- Long range planning

• Montezuma Historical Society/Town of Montezuma, Montezuma -- Communication and outreach upgrades

• North Tonawanda History Museum, North Tonawanda -- Communication and outreach upgrades

• Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry, Seneca Falls -- Communication and outreach upgrades

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.

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