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
Karen Gray, Ph.D., received her S.T.B. degree from Harvard Divinity School and her Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh where her thesis was on “Religious Atheism in Contemporary Western Thought: A Christian Problem and a Buddhist Perspective.” She recently retired after 20 years with the Smithsonian Associates designing adult study tours. She has had a lifelong fascination with the world’s religions which she approaches with openness and from a scholarly perspective.

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