Baby J Having Fun at The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
Baby J Having Fun at The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

There's a new trail in town and I guess you could say it's about time.

I mean, we've had a number of wonderful historical museums scattered throughout the Finger Lakes region for some time, as well as a those that continue to emerge, as the people here find ways to pay homage to the men and women who came before us.

Curtiss June Bug 1908 - courtesy of Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
Curtiss June Bug 1908 - courtesy of Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

It's hard to imagine that there wasn't a collaboration sooner creating a trail to honor the innovators who've sprung up and transformed the region and, in many cases, the country.

I'll admit I never gave much thought to the difference between "history" and "heritage." Not, until recently that is, when I realized that heritage is that part of history we've carried forward, not merely as memory, but in any number of ways that continue to impact our lives and the world around us.

Finger Lakes Boating Museum
Finger Lakes Boating Museum

That's why the Finger Lakes Museum Trail is so cool. You can visit a variety of historical museums, learn about the men and women who have shaped the past and the present, with their ingenuity, foresight, imagination, and pluck.

Finger Lakes Boating Museum
Finger Lakes Boating Museum

Learn about innovators who helped craft the future of aviation, boating, photography, play, and motor-sports in America. Places like The Strong Museum of Play and the George Eastman House, the Finger Lakes Boating Museum and the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport.

Twin Engine Motorcycle - courtesy of Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
Twin Engine Motorcycle - courtesy of Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

Visit the Finger Lakes Museum Trail's website and start planning an exciting trip into the past. You might just be surprised at how many things we take for granted today are the result of folks who grew up here, who spent their lives in rural upstate New York, taking us into the future.

Wooden Boat at Finger Lakes Boating Museum
Wooden Boat at Finger Lakes Boating Museum