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Historical Preservation

The legendary Erie Canal made Rochester the first "boomtown," developed New York into the Empire State, and fueled westward expansion. Historic Waterways Adventure brings that history alive for social studies students.

With a grant from our Lloyd E. Klos Historical Fund, Corn Hill Navigation (CHN) developed this experiential education program in collaboration with the Rochester City School District and City of Rochester.

Fourth and seventh graders watch re-enactments, handle historic artifacts, and ride on CHN's Sam Patch and Mary Jemison canal boats. They gain a better understanding of the canal's local, state, and national impact.

A second Klos grant enabled CHN to create an online curriculum, bringing historical pictures and documents to educators throughout the nation. Another helped restore the canal boat Mary Jemison, ensuring that this 80-year-old vessel can continue many more years of teaching residents, students, and visitors about the heritage of the Genesee River and Erie Canal.

The Klos fund is one of two supporting historical preservation, information, and education about Rochester and the surrounding region. The second is the Elizabeth Gibson Holahan Fund.

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