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Historian to present free lecture on the C&O Canal’s African American Civilian Conservation Corps

Please note: The 12 p.m. lecture has sold out. Please email if you would like to be placed on a waiting list. We hope you will join us at the open house, which does not require an RSVP.

Free open house at Lockhouse 10 to follow.
Potomac, MD – The C&O Canal Trust and the C&O Canal National Historical Park will host a lecture on Sunday, February 25 from 12-1 p.m. by historian Dr. Josh Howard about two African American Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps that existed along the C&O Canal from 1938-1942. Located near Cabin John and Carderock, Maryland, the camps were established as a part of the New Deal program and are a unique lens to examine the African American experience in the CCC, as most of the CCC’s history has been based on its white enrollees. Howard will present his research as a part of Black History Month.  (more…)

Artwork Contest announced to celebrate Canal Pride program’s 11th anniversary

Hagerstown, MD – The C&O Canal Trust today announced a t-shirt artwork contest to commemorate the 11th anniversary of their Canal Pride events. Amateur artists are invited to create and submit artwork that celebrates the 11th anniversary of this volunteer-driven event. The winning design will be printed on our Canal Pride t-shirts and worn by hundreds of volunteers as they work in the C&O Canal National Historical Park during the spring months. (more…)

C&O Canal Trust to Host Clean Up Event in C&O Canal National Historical Park to Mark MLK Day of Service January 15

The C&O Canal Trust will be hosting a clean-up event at Lock 8 in the C&O Canal National Historical Park to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Monday, January 15. Approximately 30 volunteers from the local area will be removing invasive winter plants and picking up trash around Lock 8, located off Clara Barton Parkway in Cabin John, Montgomery County, MD. (more…)

$3.45 Million Awarded to the C&O Canal for Canal Rewatering and Towpath Improvements

The C&O Canal National Historical Park was awarded $3.45 million from the Transportation Alternatives Program through the Maryland Department of Transportation, thanks to the vocal support of the C&O Canal Trust and the greater canal community: $2.45 million for “A Rewatered Canal” and $1 million for “Towpath Rehabilitation: A Safe Towpath.” (more…)

Daofeng & Angela Foundation Donates 15 Benches to the C&O Canal National Historical Park

Benches will be placed from Swains Lock west to Cumberland

C&O Canal Trust Bench Program Provides Donors a Way to Express Appreciation for the Park, Provide Visitor Amenities


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