Collection Facts

517 items
Dates of Original: 
c. 1750 - 1980
NYH Topic Area(s):

Historical Context

Construction of the Erie Canal began in 1817 and officially opened in the fall of 1825. The canal aided in more western expansion, increased trade throughout New York State, and increased agricultural and industrial production for the areas it ran through. The canal ran about 360 miles through all areas of New York, including New York City, Buffalo, and Albany. Today, the Erie Canal is a historic landmark for New York State.

Scope of Collection

This collection includes photographs of Clifton Park and Halfmoon dating back to 1711, offering a glimpse into early life along the Erie Canal. Also included are Justice of the Peace records and postcards obtained by the unofficial Clifton Park town historian from the 1940s to 1970s, Howard Becker.