erie-canalway.jpgTwenty-five sites included in first round selection Waterford, N.Y. - The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor announced the selection of 25 canal-related museums and cultural heritage sites for participation in its newly created Erie Canalway Partner Program. The program aims to offer increased visibility and technical assistance to sites, while further enhancing the visitor experience of the National Heritage Corridor.  "These sites have been working for years to preserve and share our nationally-significant canal history," said Beth Sciumeca, Executive Director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. "We're thrilled to be able to work more closely together to develop a more integrated system of noteworthy sites." The commission secured a $230,000 federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to fund the program, which designates partners into one of three categories based on their facilities, hours of operation, and significance as a canal site. According to Sciumeca, "Each one of our partners shares a different aspect of the canal's role in shaping New York and the nation. Some have important works of engineering, others have works of art or artifacts, and some highlight the value of the canal today. By working together, each place can provide a bridge to the next, offering a more complete picture for residents and visitors." Additional sites may apply to become partners in a second round of selection planned for 2011. For more information, visit 2010 Site Designation ERIE CANALWAY HERITAGE PARTNERS   Arkell Museum at Canajoharie, Canajoharie Burden Iron Works Museum, Troy Camillus Erie Canal Park, Camillus Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, Chittenango Eastern Gateway to the Canal System at Waterford Harbor, Waterford Erie Canal Discovery Center, Lockport Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse Historic Palmyra, Palmyra Mohawk Towpath Byway, Waterford and Cohoes to Schenectady North Tonawanda History Museum, North Tonawanda Rochester Museum & Science Center, Rochester Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Fort Hunter Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry, Seneca Falls ERIE CANALWAY AFFILIATE SITES Fort Plain Free Library, Fort Plain Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, North Tonawanda Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester Rochester Public Library, Rochester Schenectady Museum & Planetarium, Schenectady Spencerport Depot & Canal Museum, Spencerport ERIE CANALWAY POINTS OF INTEREST A number of organizations maintain valuable Points of Interest throughout the National Heritage Corridor. The Commission will be working with the following organizations to further enhance these sites: New York State Canal Corporation NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Town of Halfmoon, Town of Montezuma Western Monroe Historical Society (Morgan Manning House), Brockport Watervliet Shaker National Historic District, Watervliet #### Contact: Jean Mackay 518-237-7000, ext 222