The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) is America’s first National Heritage Area to receive an important partnership designation from the Smithsonian Institution.

The D&L will announce the designation on June 3 at 11:00 am at the National Canal Museum, located in Easton’s Hugh Moore Park, located at 2750 Hugh Moore Park Road, Easton, Northampton County.

The announcement stems from the recent merger between the D&L and the National Canal Museum. The D&L preserves the historic pathway that carried anthracite and iron from Wilkes-Barre to Philadelphia.

Today, the Corridor and 165-mile D&L Trail are a vital connection to nature, recreation, America’s industrial heritage, and more than $250 million in annual economic impact. The National Canal Museum is a regional leader in educational programming for children and adults.

The announcement on June 3 will coincide with National Trails Day on the D&L Trail and the National Canal Museum’s 2017 season opening. The Museum’s special exhibit, The Hidden History of Island Park will open to the public on the same day.

For more information programs, initiatives and upcoming event, visit the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor website.