- 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):
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
Saratoga National Historical Park, Stillwater
Jean Mackay, Director of Communications and Outreach
518-237-7000, ext 222 or email@example.com