<p style="margin-bottom:12px;font-size:13px;line-height:normal;font-family:Tahoma;-webkit-text-stroke-color:#000000;-webkit-text-stroke-width:initial;"><span style="font-kerning:none;">Dan Ward is an independent consultant in folklife and historical research, cultural resources management and presentation, working on projects throughout the United States. He has a strong interest in the Erie Canal and, since 2005, has led a consortium of organizations across the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor in developing a number of projects including oral history and folklife documentation and public presentations in numerous canal ports, presented teacher training intensives on teaching the Erie Canal in American history, and co-produced a feature-length documentary film about the cycles of boom and bust along the Erie Canal for national broadcast. He is the education coordinator and curator of collections for the Canal Society of New York State. From 1985 to 2009 he served as Regional Folklorist for Central New York. He holds a doctorate in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green and a masters from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Dr. Ward currently serves as chairman of the Public Art Commission of the City of Syracuse and is co-author of the City’s public art management plan.</span></p>
Dan is an avid bicyclist and musician. He has cycled the length of the Erie Canal towpath three times. He plays lead guitar in Shag on Roofs, a band of Syracuse area museum curators. This summer he is taking a 21 day cruise from Brooklyn to Buffalo, screening the film he co-produced - BOOM AND BUST: AMERICA'S JOURNEY ON THE Erie Canal - in restored vaudeville houses and other interesting venues in port towns along the way.
Dan's research is in three main areas: 1) folklife in the Americas, 2) the Erie Canal, and 3) maritime history and traditions. Current projects include researching the historical and contemporary traditions of New York City's Harbor with a special emphasis on the Working Waterfront of Staten Island and conducting historical background research for the interpretation of the Old Erie Canal Heritage Park at Port Byron.