Make a Difference Today
By making a donation to the D&L’s annual fund you can help ensure that these programs continue to serve our community and engage life-long learners at every age. Annual Fund gifts can be made conveniently and safely on the web with a major credit card.
Mail a gift to the Annual Fund:
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
Attn: Advancement Office
2750 Hugh Moore Park Road, Easton, PA 18042
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If you are having issues with PayPal, make your donation over the phone at 610-923-3548 x238.
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Helpful documents which can be downloaded in support of your giving decisions:
IRS: Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Inc.
Hugh Moore Historical Park & National Canal Museum, Inc.
- As an approved non-profit organization (501(c)3), your Annual Fund gifts are tax-deductible and can support the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Inc. (EIN 23-2977618) and National Canal Museum (EIN 23-2019739), local non-profit organizations.
- Today, there are many quality programs which benefit from your gifts to the annual operating fund including: Immersion Education days, National Canal Museum rotating exhibits, National Canal Museum expansion project, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programming, Historic Trail construction and preservation, guided nature walks, historically curated canal boat rides, Tales of the Towpath (a Pennsylvania state approved social studies curriculum) and much more!
- The D & L Trail makes the Top 10 list!
Top 10 Rail-Trails for American History: A Fourth of July List
- From the finery of America’s oldest cities to the wild open spaces of our pioneering past, rail-trails are the perfect way to relive key moments in the nation’s history. These former railroad corridors are deeply rooted in American tradition, trials and triumphs, and they provide accessible and inexpensive getaways. The 165-mile D & L Trail through eastern Pennsylvania is a journey through many eras of American history, highlighted by places like the George Taylor House, a National Historic Landmark that was the residence of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. In Allentown, see where the Liberty Bell was hidden from British forces during the Revolutionary War and in Easton, the Declaration of Independence was read from the steps of Northampton County’s and first Court House on July 8, 1776, just the third time it had been read to the American public.
- D&L’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education programs include its Immersion Days school field trip workshops, access to the Emrick Technology Center, and Tales of the Towpath in-classroom social studies programs. These hands-on programs excite students about science; strengthen their understanding of science content; and raise their awareness of STEM careers.
Annual Fund Details
In 2016, Annual Fund gifts provided funds for part or all of the following:
- Helping to create a robust network of trails, the D&L trail connects trails from Philadelphia via The Circuit, to the Lehigh Valley, to the Anthracite Region of eastern Pennsylvania.
- Opening the door for residents, students, families, and other visitors to experience the National Canal Museum at the Emrick Technology Center and ride the Josiah White II Canal Boat.
- Improving trail connections through new signage installations in the Landmark Towns of Bucks County, as well as funding to close several trail gaps.
- Completed 85% of the D&L Trail, leaving only 25 miles remaining unfinished, making it the longest trail in Pennsylvania.
- Providing our award-winning Tales of the Towpath curriculum to 5,000 students in 72 elementary schools, and improving an interactive website and Facebook page.
- Facilitating participation of 2,000 children in our six-week Immersion Days program.
- Allowed the D&L to continue as the local lead in partnership with the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources for the Lehigh Valley Greenways. A conservation landscape focuses on linking Lehigh Valley communities to greenways, trails, and outdoor experiences to foster stronger local economies and improved public health, green infrastructure, and natural resources.
- Working with local partners in Bucks County to participate in various community events.
- Helping to address Landmark Towns visual impact that the historic architecture has on visitors.
- Way-finding aids and location signs along the towpath and at public buildings now help visitors negotiate between trail, parking, and downtown amenities.
- Developed a communications strategy to increase our visibility that takes into account the D&L organization, Trail and resources of the National Canal Museum.
- Putting an enhanced membership program in place.
- Produced a fresh new website and print materials for the reinvigorated National Canal Museum.
- Put in place an e-newsletter, weekly e-blasts, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and print articles.
With our ambitious goals and the help of our supporters, our plans for Annual Fund gifts raised this year will help support:
- Creation of a Environmental Education curriculum
- Upgrades to the Josiah White II canal boat
- Development and implementation of a Trail Towns Program
- Continued work to complete the 165 mile D&L Trail.