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A Not-so Deep Subject

Canals—barely four feet deep—were the superhighways of early 19th Century America. Surprisingly high tech and long lived, they carried passengers, freight, and ideas across the country. In our June issue you'll find the story of the canals and how today you can experience canal life in along a number of restored and still-working canals.

Elfreth's Alley to Host 2017 Directory

The 2107 Directory of Traditional American Crafts will visit Elfreth's Alley in Philadelphia for photography. Rather than a museum, Elfreth's Alley is an entire neighborhood—the oldest surviving residential neighborhood in the United States. Artwork that our jurors judge as being museum quality will be photogaphed among the historic exhibits, museums, and ordinary homes that make up Eldreth's Alley. The results will appear in our August 2017 issue of Early American Life.  [MORE]

Share Your Canal Story

Tell us about your favrotie canal places and experiences so we can share them with our readers in an upcoming issue. We'd like to know where you visited—be it an abandoned lock, a bikeway on the towpath, a ride on a packet boat, or an overnight stay in a lockkeeper's house. There are doesns of place across America where you can experience canals, and we need your kelp in finding as many as we can.  [MORE]

Armatures Still Available

The wrought iron armatures for building your own hangings and centerpieces, as featured in our Christmas 2016 issue, remain available. Pennsylvania blacksmith David J. Krzeminski, who makes each one by hand on his own forge outside of Pittsburgh, is back at work after recuperating from the unexpectly high demand for his craftsmanship before the Christmas holiday.  [MORE]

Archive:

Barton Hall Update: Since the time we visited Bo Osborn at Barton Hall for the story in our
Extra Oyster Recipes: We followed in the footsteps of a certain walrus and carpenter i
Thank You, Locust Grove: We want to extend a big thank you to executive director
Lord House Extra: As a bonus to the readers of our June 2016 issue, homeowner and historian
In Our June Issue: When we cruised the Maine coast last summer, we had to stop at the oldes
Locust Grove to Host 2016 Directory: Locust Grove in Louisville, Kentucky, hosts
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