The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) recently announced completion of a merger with Hugh Moore Historic Park & Museums, known locally as the National Canal Museum (NCM). The merger is expected to significantly increase D&L’s operational efficiency. The new entity will operate under D&L’s name, and the NCM will function as a Signature Program of the D&L in the Emrick Technology Center in Easton’s Hugh Moore Park.
According to an emailed news release, “the merger culminates a three-year transition during which the D&L operated the NCM under a management agreement. The transition allowed the D&L to integrate the management, finance, marketing, and development functions of the two organizations to create a solid operational foundation moving forward. … Together the D&L and NCM will expand the reach of the NCM’s story, with traveling programming and exhibits at various locations throughout the D&L’s five-county region and along the D&L Trail. Gaining the NCM will also serve as a catalyst toward connecting all 165 miles of the D&L Trail by 2020.”