Contest Information

Dianne Koplas: Winner of 2015 Key to the Locks Award

This year’s Key to the Locks Award will be presented Saturday, May 9, to the late Dianne Koplas.

Mrs. Koplas, who passed away in 2014, was a driving force behind many programs that promoted tourism and the history of Lockport, the Erie Canal and the Lockport locks.

Mrs. Koplas was instrumental in developing tours of First Presbyterian Church’s Tiffany windows and architectural and trolley tours of historic Lockport. As a Niagara History Center volunteer, she and fellow volunteer Lois Begley created the Center’s “Step Back in Time Players,” a re-enactor troupe representing famous Lockportians of the past. Mrs. Koplas was also a past president of the History Center’s Board of Directors.

She and her family created the Koplas Lecture Series, honoring the memory of her late husband, John, to sponsor annual speakers at Lockport’s Palace Theatre. This will now be renamed the John and Dianne Koplas Lecture Series.

The Annual Key to the Locks Award was established to recognize persons in Niagara County who exemplify the community spirit or promote the heritage or preservation of the historic Erie Canal.

American Girl Doll Drawing

Congratulations to Isabella Voss of Pendleton, winner of the “Caroline” American Girl Doll Drawing this fall, a benefit for the History Center. Isabella made two trips to the Erie Canal Discovery Center to buy tickets and she was thrilled to be the lucky winner. “Caroline” is getting lots of love and joins another doll friend named “Isabelle” at home.

2014 Amish Quilt Drawing

Best wishes to Edgar Wright of Lockport, winner of our 2014 Amish Quilt Drawing to benefit the History Center. The “Woven Ribbons” pattern, blue & white quilt was raffled at our Oktoberfest Oct. 18. Edgar & Carol McIntyre are very pleased with their prize.

2014 Key to the Locks Winner

Congratulations to Rosemary Bernard, recipient of the 2014 Key to the Locks Award! Rosemary is a librarian at the Royalton Hartland Community Library in Middleport, NY.

 

PAST WINNERS OF ERIE CANAL SONG CONTEST

2013 Erie Canal Song Contest Winner is…

Congratulations Tom Callahan

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2012 Erie Canal Song Contest Winner!
Congratulations Doc Stuart

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– “Diggers N’ Haulers”

2011 Erie Canal Song Contest Winner!
Congratulations Joe Baschnagel

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– “Heading West To Buffalo.”

2010 Erie Canal Song Contest Winner!
Congratulations Doc Stuart Shaprio
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2009 Erie Canal Song Contest Winner!
John C. Mahoney and Patrick A Gordon
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