Video: Canal Stories

The Love for Water

Albert E. Gayer

Jump onboard a canal boat with Albert Gayer (1898-1976), who grew up alongside the Erie Canal in Schenectady. (Courtesy: New York State Museum)
The Love for Water
The Love for Water

Sitting on the Potty

Evamay Wilkins

Bootleg on a canal boat! Evamay Wilkins shares her family's secret for transporting whiskey on the Champlain Canal in the 1920s. (Courtesy: New York State Museum)
Sitting on the Potty
Sitting on the Potty

A Canal Family

Catherine Charron

As a young girl, Catherine Charron spent hours listening to her great-grandfather and grandfathers tell stories about their canal boat family. Now it's Catherine's turn to pass on the stories. (Courtesy: City Lore, Erie Canal Museum)
A Canal Family
A Canal Family

Learning From Old Timers

David Gower

After twenty-odd years on the Erie Canal, Engineer Dave Gower has a few words of advice and more than a few stories to tell. (Courtesy: City Lore, Erie Canal Museum)
Learning From Old Timers
Learning From Old Timers

A City of Neighborhoods

Robert Coles

Lifelong Buffalo resident and architect Robert Coles recalls how ethnic tensions influenced access to the canal and shaped a city. (Courtesy: City Lore, Erie Canal Museum)
A City of Neighborhoods
A City of Neighborhoods

Out of the Fog

Don Meixner

Take a nostalgic journey with Don Meixner, who has lived all his life in and around the Erie Canal. (Courtesy: City Lore, Erie Canal Museum)
Out of the Fog
Out of the Fog

Looking Over His Shoulder

Robert Montross

Robert Montross' grandfather was no stranger to trouble along the Old Erie Canal...or to starting that trouble! Folklorist and musician George Ward sings Boatin' on a Bullhead, a traditional canal song, while Robert tells his story. (Courtesy: City Lore, Erie Canal Museum)
Looking Over His Shoulder
Looking Over His Shoulder

Driving Mules

Jesse Wimett

Childhood labor may be a thing of the past, but the daily chores of a nine year old mule driver are still remembered by Jesse Wimett. (Courtesy: New York State Museum)
Driving Mules
Driving Mules

Dipper Dredge No. 3

Steve Wunder

Tugboat Captain Steve Wunder shares his passion for working on the canal through stories and poetry. (Courtesy: City Lore, Erie Canal Museum)
Dipper Dredge No. 3
Dipper Dredge No. 3

The Love for Water

Albert E. Gayer

Jump onboard a canal boat with Albert Gayer (1898-1976), who grew up alongside the Erie Canal in Schenectady. (Courtesy: New York State Museum)