The History of Potomac Navigation and the C&O Canal – New!

Canal in Georgetown

The History of Potomac Navigation and the C&O Canal – New!
4 sessions • 10 hours

From colonial settlement days to 1924, the upper Potomac (i.e. the river above tidewater) was used for water transportation. Discover the origins of the story, from the beginning with the Patowmack Company, including the complex eras and history of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, to the account of the making of the C&O Canal National Historical Park. Engaging discussions include the politics, engineering, economics, and culture of Potomac navigation in its various periods, and especially the people and events essential to the story. Includes a 2-hour illustrated presentation with a 10 minute break midway, and a half-hour discussion period afterwards.

Instructor: Karen Gray
Raised in Spokane, Washington, Karen Gray earned her BA from Whitworth University, an STB (a 3-year post graduate degree) from the Harvard Divinity School, and her PhD in religious philosophy from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. For 20 years she created educational tours in the mid-Atlantic region for the Smithsonian Institution’s educational outreach program. Since her youth she has been an intensive student of philosophy, religion, history, and literature, and since retiring to Hagerstown in 2001 she has taught courses in these areas for regional lifelong learning programs. In 1977 while living in DC, she began to also study the C&O Canal’s history and engineering and she has served as a volunteer historian for the C&O Canal National Historical Park with an office at the park’s headquarters since 2005.

The History of Potomac Navigation and the C&O Canal – New!
ILR977 • 5-Digit Number: 19449
Tuesdays • 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. • 4/14 – 5/5
Church of Transfiguration/Memorial Hall • 6909 Maryland Ave, Frederick
Tuition: $40 | Fee: $99 | Total: $139
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only