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  • Erie Canal Opening Commemoration Plaque

    Aritfact: Lockport Captstone
    Photo Credit: New York State Museum
    Caption: On August 24, 1825, a large ceremony was held to honor the completion of the Lockport flight. This is one of two capstones ceremoniously placed into the structure of the flight that day. It reads: “The Erie Canal 362 Miles In Length Was commenced the 4th Of July 1817 and Completed In The Year 1825 at an expense Of About $7,000,000 and was constructed exclusively by the CITIZENS Of the STATE of NEW YORK.”

  • Painting of Durhamville Glassworks in Oneida County

    Artifact: Durhamville Glassworks, unknown artist, mid-19th century
    Photo Credit: New York State Museum
    Caption: The Durhamville Glassworks, specializing in window panes, opened around 1845 and operated until 1905. This area of Oneida County had several glassworks that used large quantities of sand shipped on the Erie Canal. 

  • DeWitt Clinton Portrait

    Artifact: DeWitt Clinton Portrait, attributed to John Wesley Jarvis, ca. 1816
    Photo Credit: New York State Museum
    Caption: Clinton’s political experience and connections played a large role in the Erie Canal. The project was derided as “Clinton’s Ditch” and “Clinton’s Folly” by his political enemies until the tremendous success of the canal won over public sentiment. He became known as the “Father of the Erie Canal.”

  • windlass exhibit

    Artifact: Windlass on display in Erie Canal exhibition
    Photo Credit: New York State Museum

  • Windlass

    Artifact: Windlass on display in Erie Canal exhibition
    Photo Credit: New York State Museum

  • Erie Canal Groundbreaking Ceremony

    Artifact: Ground-Breaking Ceremony by J. Erwin Porter, ca. 1960
    Photo Credit: New York State Museum
    Caption: The first shovel of dirt was ceremoniously overturned outside of Rome on July 4, 1817. Over the next eight years, engineers, surveyors, contractors, and laborers with little or no experience overcame immense obstacles to build the Erie Canal. 

  • DeWitt Clinton's Chair

    Artifact: DeWitt Clinton's Writing Chair, ca. 1825
    Photo Credit: New York State Museum
    Caption: Referred to as the "Chair of State", this custom-made piece was used by Governor DeWitt Clinton during his last term of office.

  • Square Piano

    Artifact: Square piano, Robert and William Nunns, New York City, ca. 1825.
    Caption: In 1825 the Wardlaw family of Palmyra, Wayne County, purchased this piano for their house on the banks of the Erie Canal. The ornate piano was a true luxury that would have cost a fortune to ship prior to the canal.
    Credit: New York State Museum

  • Diver's Helmet

    Artifact: Diver’s helmet, ca. 1945.
    Caption: B. T. Sweeney, a former canal section superintendent stationed in Utica, wore this diving helmet for inspections and repairs between 1946 and 1958. The complete diving suit and accompanying equipment are in the collections of the State Museum.
    Credit: New York State Museum

  • Photograph of New York Harbor

    Image: New York Harbor, photograph, ca. 1880.
    Caption: View of New York Harbor with Castle Garden in the background. Note the various vessels, including tugboats and barges.
    Credit: New York State Museum,

  • Barge Canal Labor Sign

    Artifact: Barge canal labor sign, ca. 1910.
    Caption: Written in Italian, this sign is a job advertisement for work on the barge canal. The sign was found in a barn near Utica, where a large number of Italian immigrants found employment on the canal and subsequently stayed. Translated, it reads: “Workers for road work and barge canal work are provided. For information go to the office of John Zuccarelli, General Manager.”  
    Credit: New York State Museum

  • China service with seal of the State of New York

    Artifact: Syracuse China service with seal of the State of New York, ca. 1920s.
    Caption: China set used on the boat Inspector II.
    Credit: New York State Museum