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"Canal Stories" offer a glimpse of the state's famed waterway

Nine video stories featuring people who lived or work on the Erie and Champlain Canals from 1900 to the present are available online at the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor website.

The short video stories include a mix of first-person and historical accounts, photographs and videotaped interviews.

"These colorful stories are valuable part of the "people's history' of New York, and they would simply be lost if not recorded and shared," said Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Executive Director Beth Scuimeca. "We are so pleased to be able to make them available to the public."

"Canal Stories" was produced by City Lore and the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, in
collaboration with the Canalway Corridor Commission and the New York State Museum.

Steve Zeitlin, director of City Lore, said in a statement: "When the canal opened in 1825, the Erie opened the way west, helped to create the cities of Syracuse, Albany, Buffalo, and Rochester, and made New York a world city. But even in the 20th and 21st centuries, the canal continues to shape the lives of men and women who live and work on and around it and contribute to the American experience."

One of the videos features Robert Coles, of Buffalo, an architect who remembers some of the racial barriers in his city when the Erie Canal was active.

As you take a look at the videos, let us know if there are faces or places you recognize.

-- News Niagara Editor Scott Scanlon


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