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Canal exhibit opens April 17 at Williamsport museum

April 10, 2008

WILLIAMSPORT - Building America's Canals, an exhibit organized by the National Canal Museum, opens Thursday, April 17, in the C&O Canal National Historical Park, Trolley Barn Building in the Cushwa Basin at Williamsport.

The exhibit will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from April 17 through Oct. 12. Admission is free.

Elements of the exhibit include a chance to build your own canal, construct an aqueduct, design and operate lift locks, be your own boat captain, build a suspension bridge and operate cranes used to load and unload canal boats.

The C&O Canal Trust in partnership with the C&O Canal National Historical Park has provided support for the Building America's Canal exhibit.

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Donations of funds, materials and services from a number of local businesses, the Town of Williamsport and Washington County, have helped prepare the Trolley Barn to present the exhibit and accommodate visitors to the building. Eastern National, Maccaferri, Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Allegheny Energy, Hopewell Manufacturing, GS Images, Ellsworth Electric, Noland Co. and Washington County Public Schools have contributed to make the exhibit a reality.

In conjunction with the opening of the exhibit, the C&O Canal National Historical Park Williamsport Visitor Center will extend its hours of operations to seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning April 17. Call the Williamsport visitor center at 301-582-0813 for more information.

A special reception is planned for April 18 at the Trolley Barn Building in the Cushwa Basin. Scheduled speakers include: U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, C&O Canal Superintendent Kevin Brandt, Maryland state Sen. Donald Munson and Washington County Commissioners President John Barr.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

To RSVP for the reception, call 301-714-2233 or e-mail rsvp@canaltrust.org.

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