Canal museum flourishes
Director embraces history and new job, curator to teach at S.U.
By Willie Kiernan
Diana Goodsight was hired as Executive Director of the Erie Canal Museum back in October.
"I saw this job offer in the newspaper," Goodsight said.
If Goodsight was Cinderella, this would be the slipper that fit.
"I was born to do this job," she said.
Returning to Cazenovia from Florida, Goodsight scoured the papers looking for something to keep her active while her husband Larry found employment at WCNY. With her experience as Director of the Visitors and Information Center of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce she was a shoo-in for the position of museum director. With her natural enthusiasm, she has embraced the history of the Erie Canal and has given the museum a new vitality.
"We came back because our dearest friends in the world are in Cazenovia," she said.
After a career at AT&T, Goodsight settled Upstate with her husband and opened up a fine art gallery. The gallery at 5 Lincklean St. in Cazenovia specialized in New York state artists.
"There was such a need and we had so many great artists," Goodsight said. "I thought, what does this town need? I thought it needed an art gallery."
After a five-year run, Goodsight sold the gallery and moved to Florida to be closer to family. That art gallery is the Gallery of CNY on Albany Street. After three years in Naples, the Goodsights returned to Central New York.
I am thrilled to be part of the Erie Canal Museum," Diana Goodsight said. "Of the nation's nearly16,000 museums, the ECM is proud to be one of the 750 museums accredited by the American Association of Museums; the only accredited history museum in the central New York region."