ecw-logo.gifStamps now available at 21 sites throughout the National Heritage Corridor Waterford - Visitors to selected cultural heritage sites in the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor can now record their experience with a special cancellation stamp similar to those stamped in a traveler's national passport. The free stamps are part of the Passport to Your National Parks © program, which enables visitors to collect stamps in a spiral-bound National Park Service Passport at national parks and NPS-affiliated areas nationwide as a record and memento of their visit.  "Many people try to collect as many stamps as they can by seeking out parks and passport sites whenever they travel," said Erie Canalway Director of Heritage Tourism Lori Solomon-Duell. "Visitors from as far away as California and Michigan have inquired about collecting stamps that commemorate the Erie Canal. We expect the program to be just as popular here as it is nationwide." Twenty-one cultural heritage sites have recently been designated passport sites in the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Four national parks hold the passport stamp, while the remaining seventeen passport sites were selected for their quality visitor experience, as well as interpretive or cultural themes that share the significant history and heritage of the Erie Canalway. Erie Canalway teamed up with Eastern National, a National Park Service partner, to bring the popular Passport to Your National Parks © program to the canal corridor. More than a million Passport books have been sold to date. Stamp pads and stamps are usually located in a site or park's visitor center, gift shop, or headquarters. The cancellation lists the site and the date of visit for the holder. The spiral-bound National Park Service Passport is available online at www.eparks.com/store, National Park Service visitor centers, and some of the passport sites in the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. A special Kids' Passport ® To Your National Parks Companion is also available. For details on Erie Canalway Passport sites, visit www.eriecanalway.org. ERIE CANALWAY PASSPORT SITES (listed west to east) Western Region Theodore Roosevelt National Inaugural Site, Buffalo Amherst Museum, Amherst Erie Canal Discovery Center, Lockport Spencerport Depot and Canal Museum, Spencerport Corn Hill Navigation, Pittsford & Rochester Rochester Museum & Science Center, Rochester Riverwalk Underground Railroad Tour (AKWAABA), Rochester Historic Palmyra Museums, Palmyra T. Spencer Knight Park, Village of Newark Visitor Center, Newark Central New York Region Camillus Erie Canal Park & Sims' Store Museum, Camillus Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse 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 Monument, Rome Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Fort Hunter Schenectady County Historical Society, History Museum & Mabee Farm Historic Site, Schenectady & Rotterdam Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Visitor Center, Peebles Island State Park, Waterford   RiverSpark Visitor Center and Burden Iron Works Museum, Troy Underground Railroad History Tour, Albany Champlain Region Saratoga National Historical Park, Stillwater

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