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Robert Kapsch

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Robert J. Kapsch received his B.S. in engineering from Rutgers University; a M.S. in management and a M.A. in American Studies, both from the George Washington University; a Ph.D. in architecture and engineering from Catholic University and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland. He is presently serving as researcher and author at the Center for Historic Engineering and Architecture. Previously (2000-2005) he served as National Park Service Senior Scholar in Historic Architecture and Engineering. He served for five years (1995-2000) as project engineer for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Before that, for fifteen years (1980-1995), he served as Chief of the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER), doubling the size of these already large collections in the Library of Congress. For this and other work he was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest award of the U. S. Department of Interior. He is the author of numerous articles on canals and engineering history as well as books, including Canals (W.W. Norton, 2004); The Potomac Canal: George Washington and the Waterway to the West and Over the Alleghenies: Early Canals and Railroads of Pennsylvania, (West Virginia University Press. 2007 and 2013); Historic Canals and Waterways of South Carolina (University of South Carolina Press, 2013); co-author, with his wife, Elizabeth Perry Kapsch, on The Monocacy Aqueduct on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (Medley Press, 2005); and, Building Washington: Engineering and Construction of a New Federal City, 1790-1840 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018). He is a member of numerous organizations on the history of engineering and architecture, including the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Civil Engineers and others. He lives with his wife in Poolesville, Maryland