Black River Canal Museum receives grant from Stewart’s

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BOONVILLE — The Boonville Black River Canal Museum, on the corner of Main Street and Route 12, has received a grant from the Stewart Shop’s Holiday Match Program, according to an announcement by officials at the
museum.

The amount of the grant was not specified, but the funding will provide for an upgrade of the water distribution system to the mini-canal in the children’s activity center of the museum, the announcement said. 

“This badly needed upgrade will assure the proper controls to fill, store, and distribute the water into the children’s mini-canal, plus prevent any kind of an overflow during power outages,” the announcement added.

“Through interactive play, children can guide a boat through a series of canal locks demonstrating how a lock works, and why the locks were necessary on the Black River Canal,” according to the announcement.

Museum visitors can enjoy a variety of activities in the hands-on activity center along with numerous photos, displays and archives throughout the museum.  

The museum is open for weekends only from Memorial Day through June as well as from Labor Day through Columbus Day. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from July 1 through Labor Day.

“Children of all ages flock to this exciting display when they and their families visit the museum,” officials said, adding “the Boonville Black River Canal Museum wishes to thank Stewart’s Shops for making this upgrade possible, and for their ongoing support of all children through their annual Holiday Match Grant Program.”

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