The Canal Society of New York State brings canal enthusiasts together to learn about the history, development and current activities associated with the many canal systems found throughout the state of New York. Activities of the Canal Society include: protection of historic canal sites, support for the revitalization of canals, development of canal ports, recreational facilities, canal trails and other related amenities, and presentation or interpretation of canal history and related topics. Founded in 1956, the Canal Society is a not- for-profit, educational organization that provides opportunities for members to share information relevant to preserving the history and traditions of canals as well as ideas for their continued revitalization and development. Canal Society Members can also participate in special study tours to canal sites throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.