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Sharpsburg Founder's Day Lecture Series: Sharpsburg and C&O Canal Historical Connections

Ongoing Opportunities

  • July 6 at 1 PM

Born in Big Valley, Alberta, Karen Gray grew up in Spokane, Washington, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Whitworth University in Spokane; a three-year post-graduate degree from the Harvard Divinity School; and a Ph.D. under the faculty of theology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Her doctoral dissertation was titled “Religious Atheism in Contemporary Western Thought: A Christian Problem and a Buddhist Perspective.”


Dr. Gray lived in DC for 30 years, and for 20 of those years worked for the Smithsonian Institution’s Associate Program developing educational tours in the mid-Atlantic states region on subjects ranging from art to zoology. In 2001 she moved to Hagerstown where she volunteers for the C&O Canal NHP as an expert on the canal’s history and engineering. She also teaches non-credit classes in history, literature, religion, and philosophy for Hagerstown and Frederick Community Colleges.

During Dr. Grey's program with many images, she will look back at some of the most interesting and important connections between the Sharpsburg area and the C&O Canal, including those with boatmen, tourists, and significant events such as the Civil War that impacted both.