Caz: Canal museum flourishes

The Erie Canal Museum is a private, nonprofit corporation founded in 1962. It is housed in the 1850 Weighlock Building, where canal boats were weighed during the days when they traveled through the center of Syracuse on the Erie Canal. There were seven such toll/weighing stations along the canal. The Syracuse weigh station is the last in existence.

The museum houses many exhibits offering visitors a glimpse of life in the 19th century, including an actual canal lineboat that can be boarded, penny postcards from the era, the weighmaster's office, the uniquely Syracuse Room, a reproduction of a mid-1800s canalside tavern, a pottery display, a general store, a 19th century theater stage a gift shop and much more.

The museum, located at 318 Erie Boulevard East in downtown Syracuse, is the nation's premier maritime museum specializing in Erie Canal history. It is the only remaining structure of its kind in America. Admission to the museum is free. Donations are greatly appreciated. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 471-0593 or visit eriecanalmuseum.org.

Museum curator to teach at S.U.

Andrew Kitzmann, assistant director and curator at the Erie Canal Museum, has been asked to teach a course at Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts Program in Museum Studies. He has been the curator at the museum for nine years.

"The Erie Canal Museum is a wonderful place that is poised to drastically expand our ability to engage our local community," Kitzmann said. "As the curator, I'm so happy to be a part of the process of restoring the former Water Street Gym into a state of the art museum experience for Syracusans. I'm looking forward to the expansions and the renewed interests in our cities point of pride, the 1850 Syracuse Weighlock Building from the Erie Canal."

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