The Corning Museum of Glass is the foremost authority on the art, history, science, and design of glass. It is home to the world's most important collection of glass, including the finest examples of glassmaking spanning 3,500 years. Live glassblowing demonstrations (offered at the Museum, on the road, and on the water) bring the material to life. Daily Make Your Own Glass experiences at the Museum enable visitors to create work in a state-of-the-art glassmaking studio. The Campus in Corning includes a year-round glassmaking school -- The Studio -- and the Rakow Research Library, with the world's preeminent collection of materials on the art and history of glass. This year, the Museum is celebrating its heritage and connection to the maritime history of New York through the GlassBare Tour.
The South Street Seaport Museum is a cultural institution dedicated to telling the story of the rise of New York as a port city and its critical role in the development of the United States. The Museum uses its historic buildings and ships to provide interactive exhibits, education, and experiences. As the New York State canal system connected the city to the wider United State, the seaport at South Street linked New York to the rest of the world. As part of our 2018 partnership, South Street's 1930 tugboat W.O. Decker will tow the Corning GlassBarge up the Hudson and along the length of the Erie Canal. These vessels, joined by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum's Lois McClure and C.L. Churchill, will create a flotilla that unites the shared maritime history of the region, from NYC, to Corning, to Lake Champlain.
New York State Canal Corporation is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the canal that made New York the Empire State! The Erie Canal, and other 19th century canals across New York, remain vibrant and important in the 21st century. Canal Corp, which is responsible for all Canal System operations, has always been a key partner in the tours of Lois McClure. For more than a decade, this partnership has celebrated the history and continued use of the New York canal system.
The Vermont Division of Historic Preservation, a branch of the Agency for Commerce and Community Development, is a partner in our 2018 voyage. The agency is dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and promoting the historic resources of Vermont through educational partnerships like the schooner Lois McClure and the 2018 GlassBarge Tour.