Contest Information

MAKE YOUR NOMINATIONS FOR 2018 “KEY TO LOCKS” AWARD

The Erie Canal Discovery Center and Niagara History Center are seeking nominees for the 13th annual “Key to the Locks” award. This yearly honor recognizes a Niagara County citizen who exemplifies the community spirit or promotes the heritage or preservation of the historic Erie Canal.

The 2018 Key to the Locks Award will be presented May 12 at the Discovery Center, followed by a lock tender tribute.

If you’d like to recommend a recipient, stop by the History Center, 215 Niagara St. in Lockport, for a nomination form. You can also download the  Key to Locks nomination form ’18.

Please mail or bring completed nominations to the History Center. The deadline for 2018 nominations is March 9.

The “Key to the Locks” Award is sponsored by the Erie Canal Discovery Center.

Lock interpreter David Chatt won the 2017 award. Other past “Key to the Locks” Award winners are: 2006, Michael W. Tucker and Robin Brock; 2007, David Kinyon; 2008, Jane Whitmore; 2009, Clinton J. Starke; 2010, Becky Burns; 2011,  Joseph A. Whalen; 2012, Jeffery Degnan; 2013, Carol Schmelz; 2014, Rosemary Bernard; 2015, Dianne Koplas; and 2016, Joel Beyer.

All nominations come from the public and will be reviewed by a selection committee. For further information, please contact Ray Wigle at 434-7433.

2017 “KEY TO LOCKS” AWARD HONORS LOCKS RESTORATION INTERPRETER DAVID CHATT

David M. Chatt has been named the winner of the 12th Annual “Key to the Locks” Award.  A volunteer selection panel drawn from the Lockport community chose Chatt in recognition of his work in helping to bring the 19th century Flight of Five locks to life once again.

David Chatt, in white t-shirt and yellow gloves, helps demonstrate the restored Flight of Five locks last year.

David Chatt, in white t-shirt and yellow gloves, helps demonstrate the restored Flight of Five locks in 2016.

Since the restoration of part of the Erie Canal Flight of Five, Chatt has spearheaded the effort to interpret the Lockport locks to the public through locktending demonstrations. He has served as the chief volunteer on the project by recruiting, training, scheduling and supervising more than 125 volunteers to operate the 19th century locks and provide commentary to onlookers.

Chatt has worked closely with the Locks Heritage District Corporation, the Niagara County Historical Society, the NYS Canal Corporation and several other organizations to help develop and improve the public presentation of Lockport and Erie Canal history.

Chatt is a native of Lockport and lives in the town with his wife Jeanine. He is an engineer at Mahle, Behr, Troy, Inc.

 

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 PAST WINNERS OF ERIE CANAL SONG CONTEST

2013 Erie Canal Song Contest Winner!

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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