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WCC2021 speaker presentations

The C&O Canal Association hosted the 2021 World Canals Conference in Hagerstown August 30-September 2, 2021. We were celebrating the 50th anniversary of the creation of the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

We attracted about 100 people from around the country. (Pandemic-related travel restrictions prevented international visitors from attending.)

You can read the conference program.

Our speakers’ presentations are available in PDF format below.

WCC 2022 Leipzig2022 WCC logo

The World Canals Conference 2022
-Ulrich Hörning
City of Leipzig, Deputy Mayor of General Services

See promotional video

Presentation during WCC2021

Near and Far:
Local Material Culture and German Reforms

More than Whiskey and Flour:
Shopping in an 1850s Canal Town

-Blyth McManus

Four Great Reformes in 500 Years
-Elke Witt

Trails to Creative Programing

The World is Your Museum:
Programming Outside the Bounds of Your Historic Site
-David Brooks and Derrick Pratt
Visit the Erie Canal Museum YouTube channel

Four Pillars of the GAP and Canal Towpath Trails:
History, Scenery, Quality, and Variety

-Doug Riegner

Conservation and the Natural Enviroment

The Capital’s Corridor:
From Purveyor of Goods to Conservation Corridor
-Joel Cohen
Go with the Flow video

“Champion” Canals: Coming by it naturally!
-Ralph Buglass

Tourism and the Small Town

The C&O Canal as the Focus for History and Tourism in a small Western Maryland Town
-Ralph Salvagno and Tracy Salvagno

The Canal Towns Partnership:
Ten Towns, Six Counties, Two States
-Abbie Ricketts

The Impact of Climate Change on Inland Waterways

PIANC and its Role Addressing Climate Change Challenges to Inland Waterways (panel discussion)
-by William Miles, Brian Joyner and Burton Suedel

August 30 – September 2, 2021
Hagerstown, Maryland USA