Explore the historical offerings of the National Canal Museum from the comfort of your own home!
The museum’s doors may be closed right now, but that’s no reason not to keep up with the historical content you’ve come to expect! Visit the sections below to read our ongoing blogs, explore a digital exhibit, or browse our engaging videos.
Are you a parent, grandparent, caregiver – or an adult who enjoys fun activities like coloring pages? Click the graphic to the right to visit our Kids on the Canal offerings!
Historical Blogs (Return to Top)
Follow the National Canal Museum’s Canal History Blog, updated regularly with the hidden histories of the canals and surrounding areas throughout the Delaware & Lehigh Corridor, as well as 50th Anniversary stories from the NCM itself.
A few blogs are highlighted below, but you can explore even more by clicking through to the blog homepage!
Many of us carry our calendars around in our phones—compact, at our fingertips, and always available (as long as the battery lasts). And, unlike most other media in our electronically-connected world, no ads!
But many businesses and organizations still give out free paper calendars every December… (Read More)
Job hunting is one of those painful but necessary parts of life – and that was no different a hundred years ago! We’re taking a sneak peek into the life of Francis J. O’Donnell, a railroad worker applying for a position as a Switchman, or Switchtender, with the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad in 1923. The DL&W was founded in 1853, and connected Buffalo, NY with Hoboken, NJ, before freight continued to New York City via ferry. The railroad was a key shipping route for Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal fields, shipping up to 14% of the total coal produced during the 1920s-1940s… (Read More)
On June 29, 1980, a conch horn blast by former mule boy, boat captain and locktender Ted Sherman opened the canal festival in Hugh Moore Park. Known at that time as the Lehigh River Canal Festival, it celebrated the 151st anniversary of the opening of the Lehigh Navigation… (Read More)
Digital Exhibits (Return to Top)
Our digital exhibits offer an in-depth, interactive look into historical topics from around the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.
History of the D&L Corridor Photographic Timeline
NCM Video Collection (Return to Top)
The educational videos collected below are part of the National Canal Museum’s outreach programs, including special exhibits and events throughout the corridor.