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Lockport to dedicate new locks museum

Lockport's new Locks District Museum, located at the base of the Erie Canal locks, is to be formally dedicated in a ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, part of the city's fifth annual Locktoberfest celebration.

The small building was originally constructed more than 100 years ago as a powerhouse for the operation of the locks. In the 1970s, it became an Erie Canal museum, but was recently upgraded with new displays. Grants from the state Canal Corp. and Council on the Arts paid for the renovation.

Locktoberfest events at the locks and on adjacent Canal Street will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Demonstrations of the manually operated 19th century locks, tours of the locks area, live music and food vendors will be featured.

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