ecw-logo.gifWATERFORD (5/13/09)  -  Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor today announced 16 cultural heritage sites selected to participate in the Passport to Your National Parks © program. The sites will join five existing National Park sites in the National Heritage Corridor where visitors can collect free cancellation stamps in a special spiral-bound National Park Service Passport. Millions of people participate each year in visiting hundreds of national parks and NPS-affliated areas nationwide and recording their experiences with the free cancellation stamps. Passport to Your National Parks © is coordinated by Eastern National, a National Park Service partner, in cooperation with the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. "Collecting passport stamps will encourage people to visit multiple sites, each one telling a different part of the canal story," explained Lori Solomon-Duell, Erie Canalway Director of Heritage Tourism. "By linking sites along the Erie Canalway, the passport program offers visitors a more complete experience and memories to last a lifetime." Passport Stamps will be available starting June 18, 2009. Additional details about Passport sites are available at: www.eriecanalway.org. National Park Service Passports are available online at www.estn.org and at National Park Service visitor centers. A Kids' Passport ® To Your National Parks Companion is also available. The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is one of 49 federally designated National Heritage Areas. Its purpose is to help preserve and interpret the historical, natural, scenic, and recreational resources reflecting its national significance and to help foster revitalization of canal-side communities. Erie Canalway Passport Sites (listed regionally from West to East): Western Region       Amherst Museum, Amherst       Erie Canal Discovery Center, Lockport       Historic Palmyra, Palmyra       Spencerport Depot and Canal Museum, Spencerport       Corn Hill Navigation, Pittsford & Rochester       Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester       Riverwalk Underground Railroad Tour (AKWAABA), Rochester       T. Spencer Knight Park, Village of Newark Visitor Center, Newark       Theodore Roosevelt National Inaugural Site, Buffalo Central New York Region       Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse       Erie Canal Park & Sims Store Museum Sims' Museum, Camillus       Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, Chittenango Cayuga-Seneca Canal Region       Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry, Seneca Falls       Women's Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls Mohawk and Hudson Valley Region       Fort Stanwix National Historical Park, Rome       Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Fort Hunter       Schenectady County Historical Society, History Museum & Mabee Farm       Historic Site, Schenectady & Rotterdam       RiverSpark Visitor Center and Burden Iron Works Museum, Troy       Underground Railroad History Tour, Albany       Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Visitor Center, Peebles       Island State Park, Waterford Champlain Region       Saratoga National Historical Park, Stillwater

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