Arts and the humanities come together in the 2018 Glass Barge Tour, as Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM)’s canal schooner Lois McClure partners with Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) on a four-month journey to celebrate the 150th anniversary of glassmaking coming to Corning, NY.

Innovation & Connections

CMoG captivates crowds with the stunning art of glass blowing aboard their mobile hot glass shop, while Lois McClure’s crew of historians, archaeologists and on-water experts welcomes visitors aboard for dockside visits at every port. In 1868, the Flint Glass Works moved from Brooklyn to Corning by canal barge, and launched 150 years of innovation by Corning Glass that has shaped the modern world, from light bulbs and Pyrex cookware to fiber optics and Gorilla Glass. The original glassworks was moved by wooden canal boats like canal schooner Lois McClure. The GlassBarge will retrace this route along many of the same waterways, powered by the 1930 tugboat W. O. Decker, together with LCMM’s Lois McClure and 1964 tugboat C. L. Churchill. The 2018 GlassBarge Tour is a signature event of the Erie Canal’s Bicentennial (2017-2025) and also coincides with the centennial of the Barge Canal in New York State.

Programming highlights:

  • Live glassblowing demonstrations on board the GlassBarge
  • Self-guided dockside tours, above and below deck, on Lois McClure