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Get Involved: Interpretation and Orientation
The National Heritage Corridor serves to enhance public awareness of the canal system as a continuous, connected, and unifying entity of genuine national significance.
Among the ways to link distinct communities and sites in the Corridor is through the use of signs. A consistent message, consistently presented dramatically improves the quality of the visitor experience.
Sign Projects

Orientation sign Orientation/Wayfinding Signs
We are currently working with the NYS Canal Corporation to install new free-standing signs at 45 locks and canal-side access points all along the NYS Canal System in 2014. The signs will introduce visitors to the Canalway Corridor and provide directions to community resources. Locations have been selected to serve boaters, trail users, and visitors arriving by car. More >
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indoor gateway sign Indoor Gateway Signs at Canal Sites
Working in partnership with 20 canal-related cultural and historic sites we produced "gateway" signs to introduce visitors to the National Heritage Corridor. View them in our Special Gallery >
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outdoor interpretive sign Outdoor Interpretive Signs (also known as Waysides)These signs help to engage and inform residents and visitors about specific features at key sites and provide information about history, culture, or the natural environment. These panels are designed to tell local stories and connect communities and significant sites to a larger sense of shared history along the Corridor.
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boundary sign Corridor Boundary Signs
Signs along the NYS Thruway, I87 Northway, and along state roads announce entry into the Corridor at key access points. The signs provide a sense of arrival and establish the Corridor presence and identity for approximately 50 to 60 million people who see them each year. more >
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canal motorship Day Peckinpaugh Day Peckinpaugh
The Day Peckinpaugh is an operational canal motor ship, owned by the NYS Museum, that serves as a traveling exhibit and classroom. The vessel includes permanent onboard exhibits, as well as portable exhibits that are set up canalside to educate visitors. more >
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mobile wayside displays Mobile Wayside Exhibits
A series of six-foot banners tell the canal story and are used for special events.

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  Interpretive panel, Syracuse, NPS   Wayside Exhibit Guide from NPS Harpers Ferry Center
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