On Friday, May 19 the Buffalo Maritime Center will have an open house and the opening of its first exhibit in the 90 Arthur St. museum: Water & Wood: Canoes in New York State.
A Buffalo Maritime Center member exhibit preview will be on Thursday, May 18th, 6 to 8 p.m. If you are interested in becoming a member, click here https://buffalomaritimecenter.org/join/
The exhibit details the evolution of what has become the most common boat type in the world. It traces the canoe from the early watercraft of North America through a transition to recreational paddling to what is one of the most accessible watercraft today. As you explore, you will see the evolution of canoeing in New York State and the Northeast. Many cultures used their unique tools and resources to fill their need for small multi-use watercraft. The different approaches to these canoes exemplify the role the boats would fill and the materials, knowledge, and inspiration available to the builders.