The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) has a media preview of GlassBarge on the morning of Thursday, May 17 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Guests will be invited aboard the 30' x 80' canal barge equipped with the Museum's patented all-electric glassmaking equipment. Remarks begin at 10am and will be followed by a hot glass 'ribbon' cutting and a glassblowing demonstration, as well as the opportunity to tour the Lois McClure, a historic schooner from the collection of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

Through May 28, CMoG will offer free, public, glassblowing demonstrations onboard GlassBarge, before it departs on a four-month tour across the waterways of New York state.

The GlassBarge tour commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company-now known as Corning Incorporated-relocating via the New York Waterways by canal barge to Corning, which would become a center for important artistic and technological innovations in glass.

In addition to sharing the story of glassmaking in Corning, the recreation of the 1868 voyage emphasizes the continued role of New York's waterways in shaping the state's industry, culture, and community.

GlassBarge is the 2018 signature event for the statewide celebration of the Erie Canal Bicentennial (2017-2025). A flotilla of historic ships from the collections of the South Street Seaport Museum and Lake Champlain Maritime Museum will accompany
GlassBarge throughout its journey.

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Image Courtesy Of: GlassBarge / Rendering by McLaren Engineering Group.