Geography, Geology, and Genius: How Coal & Canals Ignited the American Industry

On June 24th, Schoharie Crossing hosted Martha Capwell Fox of the National Canal Museum to present, "Geography, Geology, and Genius: How Coal & Canals Ignited the American Industry"

This presentation describes how a rather unique set of circumstances--the geography of (rivers and mountains) and geology (anthracite, iron ore, and limestone) of northeastern Pennsylvania led several men with incredible energy, inventiveness, and courage (Henry Adams called it "the Pennsylvania mind") brought about the beginnings of heavy industry in the US.

Martha Capwell Fox is the Historian and Archives Coordinator for the National Canal Museum/ Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.  She is passionate about preserving and presenting local history, because of its major national significance. Fox has been a professional writer and editor and has written nine books on historical topics ranging from swimming, auto-racing, the Lehigh Valley cement industry, the Vatican, and the D&L’s new book on the Industrial History of the Corridor.  Martha has been managing the archives at the D&L and National Canal Museum since 2012; and helps to create and maintain the museum exhibits and takes an occasional turn aboard the D&L canal boat the Josiah White II.


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2750 Hugh Moore Park Rd, Easton, PA 18042

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This program is brought to you for free by Schoharie Crossing. 

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