Interactive Traveling Canal Exhibit On Display at Cushwa Basin Until October 12, 2008

Interactive Traveling Canal Exhibit On Display at Cushwa Basin Until October 12, 2008
CVB Helped Sponsor Exhibit; Children Love the Exhibit - Every 4th Grader in Washington County Public Schools Will Have Attended; Teachers Praise Exhibit
(attached is photo of two young brothers enjoying the hands-on canal exhibit "Building America's Canals")

(Williamsport, MD)- Visitors to the C&O Canal have less than one month left to see the special traveling canal exhibit housed at the Cushwa Basin Trolley Barn. Building America's Canals, organized by the National Canal Museum, features tables where children can learn how to build a canal, construct an aqueduct, design and operate lift locks, build suspension bridges and operate cranes used to load and unload canal boats.
"Over the past five months 4th graders from Washington County have visited the exhibit, plus families, scout groups and visitors in general," said Curt Gaul, West District Ranger at C&O Canal National Historical Park. "The response from all has been great! The children love the hands-on element of the exhibit and adults find the architecture of the Trolley Barn to be of interest."
This marks the first time the entire Trolley Barn building has been open to the general public since it was built in 1895, according to National Park Service officials. As part of an agreement with Washington County Public Schools, every fourth-grader in Washington County will visit the exhibit before it closes October 12.
"I found the exhibit to be a great hands on learning experience for the students," said June Cross, fourth grade teacher at Conococheague Elementary School. "We are very fortunate to be able to participate in the exhibit and experience the canal. Since the focus of fourth grade social studies is Maryland history, this gave us an opportunity to highlight the canal and its historical impact on our region. The best thing is, it's right here in our own backyard!"
The interactive exhibit was brought to Williamsport with donations from local businesses and governments and efforts from the C&O Canal Trust, a nonprofit fundraising group created last year to help raise needed funds for the C&O Canal National Historical Park. The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
"We have had over 10,000 visitors come to see the exhibit so far in 2008," Gaul said. "Due to the favorable response of the public, the Building America's Canals traveling exhibit from the National Canal Museum will return to Cushwa Basin again next year from April 17 to October 12, 2009!"
The exhibit is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cushwa Basin Trolley Barn, adjacent to the C&O Canal visitor center in Williamsport. Admission is free. Children ages 6-12 have the opportunity to complete an activity booklet and earn a Junior Ranger badge while visiting the park. For more information about the C&O Canal National Historical Park and the Junior Ranger program, visit www.nps.gov/choh. The C&O Canal National Historical Park is Maryland's largest and most-visited national park. It stretches 184.5 miles from Georgetown to Cumberland, and more of the park is in Washington County than in any other jurisdiction. The park is headquartered in Washington County, in Hagerstown.
The National Canal Museum, located in Easton, Penn., is the only museum in the country dedicated to telling the story of America's historic towpath canals. The museum specializes in hands-on exhibits that educate and entertain parents and children alike.
The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help attract visitors to Hagerstown and Washington County. The CVB helps to create vibrant growth for the local economy by promoting, developing, and expanding the local visitor industry. Washington County has eight state parks, five national parks, and over thirty museums. For more information about Hagerstown-Washington County, see: www.marylandmemories.com.

This information was provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau - www.marylandmemories.com