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Martha Capwell Fox

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Martha Capwell Fox has been the Historian and Archives Coordinator for the National Canal Museum, a program of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, since 2012. She is the author of the industrial history of the D&L Corridor, Geography, Geology, and Genius: How Coal and Canals Ignited the American Industrial Revolution. Previously, Martha presented three papers at Canal History and Technology Symposia: on the silk industry in the D&L Corridor, a biographical sketch of 19th century entrepreneur Jose de Navarro, and an industrial history of Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, the site of the first commercially successful anthracite iron furnace. She was a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Speaker from 2004 to 2006.

A graduate of American University with a dual degree in international relations and U.S. history, Martha worked in magazine publishing at National Geographic, and as a researcher and editor at Rodale, Inc. She has published three books on the histories of Catasauqua, Whitehall and Coplay, and co-authored one on the cement industry in the Lehigh Valley, as well as three young adult histories of swimming, auto racing, and the Vatican.