The Chapman Museum was recently awarded significant funding to go towards hiring museum educators, along with 19 other history-related organizations. Find out what this funding will mean for museum patrons and the local community, and how it ties into Ticket to Ride – a NYS field trip program, not the Days of Wonder board game.
NYS Fourth Graders Get a Ticket to Ride
The educators and organizations benefiting from this funding will use it for interpretive programs such as: school programs, teen programs, early childhood programs, family days, festivals, programs for older adults, programs for new Americans, and target-audience-specific programs.
For the $5,000 the Chapman Museum has received from the Pomeroy Fund, the museum is partnering with the Feeder Canal Alliance to bring back the Ticket to Ride program, which funds fourth grade field trips along the Erie Canal.
“The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor offers bus transportation and program funding to support the participation of fourth grade classrooms across New York State,” Chapman Museum Outreach and Program Coordinator Maureen Folk said in a statement. “This partnership makes it possible for schools to take advantage of first-rate educational field trips to museums and historic sites throughout the Corridor.”
The Corridor spans 524 miles across New York and covers 23 counties. Visiting students will get the opportunity to explore the field school at the historic coal silos along the Feeder Canal in Hudson Falls, check out the Flight of Five Locks near Niagara Falls, and much more.
How the Pomeroy Fund Helps Preserve History
The Pomeroy Fund is a collaboration between the William G. Pomeroy Foundation and the Museum Association of New York (MANY). The fund has granted nearly $300,000 to 96 history-related organizations across the state since its inception in spring of 2020.
“We are honored to be able to continue this partnership with the Pomeroy Foundation to support the work of museums that tell the story of New York State’s history through their collections and programs,” MANY Executive Director Erika Sanger said in a statement. “This was an especially competitive grant cycle and awards were made to only the most outstanding applicants.”
The last round of funding from the Pomeroy Fund was in April of 2021, when $50,000 went to 14 history-related organizations to assist with urgent capital needs projects.
Read more about the Pomeroy Fund and its recipients here: https://nysmuseums.org/pomeroy-fund-for-nys-history
If you’re a teacher interested in getting in on the field trips, register here: https://eriecanalway.org/learn/teachers/registration-form