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Engineering symposium 2010

By April 23, 2020November 19th, 2020No Comments

The C&O Canal National Historical Park and the C&O Canal Association co-hosted a symposium July 24, 2010 on the early years of C&O Canal engineering.  The program was held at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV. Presentations were given by:

  • Steve Pennington, a geotechnical engineer and chair of the History and Heritage Committee of the Capitol Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. 
    Subject: Benjamin Wright, C&O Chief Engineer, June 1828 – Fall 1830
  • Dr. Emory Kemp, an engineering historian and Professor of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University.
    Subject: Life of Charles Ellet Jr., an early American civil engineer and who worked on the C&O Canal as an assistant engineer
  • Dr. Robert J. Kapsch, an engineering historian and author of books and studies on canals.
    Subject: Structures on various canals focusing on the Monocacy Aqueduct
  • Denis McMullen, an historical preservation engineer specializing in masonry structures and was lead engineer in the restoration of the Monocacy Aqueduct.
    Subject: Reconstruction of the Catoctin Aqueduct

Following the presentations, Ranger Sam Tamburro, an historian and manager of the Culture Resources Program at the C&O Canal NHP, moderated a panel discussion.

Prior to the presentations, Ranger Beth Clawson gave a guided tour of the canal across from Shepherdstown and of the new James Rumsey Bridge.

Honorariums given to the presenters were provided by the association and amounted to $600. 

Other expenses incurred that were paid for by the association: $1,016.

The event was planned and organized by Karen Gray, a member of the association.

(Updated December 2018.)