March 17, 2016
Contact: Catherine Bragaw
Potomac, Md. - Come explore and discover the story and song of the Irish at the Great Falls Tavern located in the C&O Canal National Historical Park. On Saturday, March 19th at 1:00 pm, Canal Historian Dr. Karen Gray will speak about the history of Irish immigrants and the C&O Canal story. Gray will share historic illustrations and narratives of these 19th century immigrant laborers whose sweat and toil made the dream of the canal a reality. Hear about their work, their culture, their struggles and the labor unrest associated with them. Was it bias and injustice they faced from the C&O Canal Company, contractors and bosses, and the local communities? Come and find out!
Dr. Gray's presentation will be followed by Irish music from 2:00-4:00pm. Abigail and Cathy Palmer will perform traditional Irish tunes on the harp and fiddle.
This event is free to all park visitors. There is an entrance fee to the park of $10.00 per single vehicle.\\nThe Great Falls area of the C&O Canal National Historical Park is located at the intersection of Falls Rd. and MacArthur Blvd. in Potomac, Maryland. For more information about the concert and the park, call 301-767-3714.
The Centennial of the National Park Service will be celebrated throughout 2016. Stay tuned to the Park's website, www.nps.gov/choh and the Centennial webiste, findyourpark.com, for more events celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service. Follow us on Facebook at chesapeakeandohiocanal and on Twitter @COcanalNPS