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Fourth-graders visit traveling canal exhibit

November 02, 2009

WILLIAMSPORT -- The National Canal Museum's traveling exhibit "Building America's Canals" recently left Williamsport after a successful second season.

The exhibit was in the restored trolley barn at the Cushwa Basin in the C&O Canal National Historical Park. The hands-on exhibit was on-site from April to October 2008, and based upon its popularity, was brought back for the same period this year.

Through an arrangement with Washington County Public Schools, county fourth-graders visited the exhibit as part of their local history lessons. In addition, private schools and home-schoolers took advantage of the opportunity.

The C&O Canal Association contributed transportation funding to enable more children and school groups to experience the C&O Canal and visit the exhibit.

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The park's official "friends" organization, C&O Canal Trust, raised funds locally to make the exhibit possible.

Matthew Logan, president of the C&O Canal Trust, thanked all of the business leaders who stepped up and offered financial assistance and donated services to this project.

"Given the economic climate, their leadership was doubly impressive," he said. "I particularly want to recognize Maccaferri, Allegheny Energy, D.M. Bowman Inc., Eastern National, Ellsworth Electric and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau."

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