Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum holds Volunteer Reception

Brian McIntyre was the winner of the 2012 Steersman Award.

Pictured are Chittenango High School students ( in alphabetical order) Anna Galbraith, Thea Gamboa, Emily Norman, Ben Posthill and Sam Wendt.

Vol Recpt 084Former Executive Director Joan DiChristina’s family waits to surprise her.

Joan DiChristina is pictured with her family.Vol Recpt 068Vol Recpt 111

Pictured is Doug Rainbow, co-founder of the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum.

Bill Cole is recognized for hisVol Recpt 054Vol Recpt 061a work with the museum.

(Chittenango, NY – Dec. 2012Vol Recpt 040) When overgrown drydocks were located off Lakeport Road on the old Erie Canal 27 years ago, the dream of a museum on the site began. The result became Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, which has become a historic and educational site.

On Sunday, Dec. 9, its many volunteers were honored at an annual volunteer reception; 184 people were recognized for 4,635 hours donated to the museum in 2012; the museum also honored three of the remaining five “Dreamers,” who included Joan DiChristina, Bill Cole and Doug Rainbow, with plaques recognizing their dedication, service and commitment to the museum for the past 27 years.

Outgoing president Brian McIntyre was presented the Steersman Award for 2012. A reception followed with musicians from Chittenango High School providing entertainment for the 115 volunteers present.

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