BOOM Speakers Series

Justice Douglas’s Historic Hike to Save the C&O Canal

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April 14, 2018
10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center
11710 MacArthur Blvd
Potomac, MD 20854


                           The Secretary of the Interior hails Douglas near the
                           end of the famous C&O Canal hike.
                           Credit: National Park Service, flickr.


Join Montgomery History and the C&O Canal Trust for the third program in our BOOM Speakers Series as we explore what life was like for people living in Montgomery County during the 1950s. Catherine Bragaw, Chief of Interpretation at the C&O Canal National Historical Park, will discuss Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas’s historic walk along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal with a group of dedicated citizens to save it from becoming a parkway. On March 20th 1954 Douglas began a hike from Cumberland to Georgetown to raise awareness of this unique 184.5 miles historic corridor. Thirty-seven of those scenic miles run through Montgomery County. This interactive role-play program will be followed by a short hike of the Great Falls Overlook, an easy one-mile loop on gravel trail and wooden boardwalks. Please bring a picture, personal item, or short story with you to share during the program.

This dynamic, free event is offered in collaboration with the C&O Canal Trust and the C&O National Historical Park.

While there is no cost for this event, space is limited to 25 attendees. RSVPs are required.




Speaker Bio:


Catherine Bragaw has been the Chief of Interpretation, Education & Volunteers at the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park since October 2015. Bragaw holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from West Virginia University and has over thirty years of experience developing and delivering NPS hands-on interpretive and education experiences.


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