Spotlight: Erie Canal

View of Little Falls, New York, by William Rickerby Miller (1818-1893), watercolor on paper, 1852, Albany Institute of History & Art, 1946.69

MARCH 25—AUGUST 20, 2017

This year marks the start of a multi-year celebration of the Erie Canal. In 1817, ground was broken for the construction of the original Erie Canal. Across New York State, organizations will be celebrating the bicentennial of the beginning of this historic project that transformed New York and the nation.

The Albany Institute has a diverse collection of items that relate to the Erie Canal. The next "spotlight" exhibition will include materials that narrate a story of the original Erie Canal through the Barge Canal using paintings, drawings, maps, photographs, books, broadsides, silver, ceramics, and more.

Exhibition Events & Programs

They Built America | special performance by Capital Repertory Theater | Thursday, March 30 | 6PM | free

Beer & the Erie Canal | 2017 Hudson Valley Hops | Saturday, April 8 | 4—7PM | Advance tickets: $30 AIHA members, $35 non-members ; At Door: $35 AIHA members, $40 non-members

Erie Canal Watercolor Painting | Art for All | Saturdays in April | 10AM—4:30PM | free with museum admission

Erie Canal Concert | family program | Friday, April 21 | 2PM | free with museum admission

More programs may be announced