The Champlain Valley’s ambassador to history, the 1862 canal schooner Lois McClure, embarked on a Return to the Erie Canal tour beginning in July, 2010. The tour culminated at the World Canals Conference in Rochester, NY in September. Along the way, she visited more than 20 historic ports. Photos and stories from this journey are on our Blog. Many thanks to the primary sponsorship from the National Park Service’s Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, the Lake Champlain Basin Program, and the New York State Canal Corporation.