Organizers of the 2021 World Canals Conference are grateful for the support we have received from these sponsors.

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Maryland Heritage Areas Authority

Platinum sponsor

Maryland’s Heritage Areas are places to experience – to see, hear and even taste – the authentic heritage of Maryland in ways that you cannot experience anywhere else. There are 13 locally designated areas. The Heritage Areas Program is governed by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) and administered by the Maryland Historical Trust.

The 2021 World Canals Conference has been financed in part with a program grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, conference contents or opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the MHAA.

City of Hagerstown

Gold sponsor

Hagerstown was founded in 1762 by Jonathan Hager, a gunsmith, fur trader, farmer and politician. After settling he quickly increased his wealth and expanded his land holdings acquiring over 10,000 acres which he used to layout plans for the town. It was originally named Elizabethtowne, in honor of his wife, but was later changed to Hagerstown in his honor.

Today, in keeping with its rich history as the “Hub City,” Hagerstown sits at the crossroads of two major interstates I-70 and I-81. It serves as gateway to the Baltimore and the Washington, D.C. area as well as the “hub” of government, commerce and recreation for the tri-state area.

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Tourism Council of Frederick County

Gold sponsor


Here, museums meet martini bars, scenic landscapes provide thrill seekers with adventure, and cutting-edge cuisine is served up in Civil War-era buildings alongside unique specialty shops, galleries, museums, and theaters.

Located less than one hour from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Gettysburg, the city of Frederick, Maryland is surrounded by mountain views, wineries, orchards and vibrant Main Street communities. Visitors can hike the Appalachian Trail, visit Maryland’s largest brewery, and tour a battlefield all in one day.


Silver sponsor

For four decades, Bergmann architects, engineers and planners have been providing comprehensive design and engineering solutions for clients across the United States and Canada. From our 15 locations, our team delivers projects for national and international clients ranging from government entities to international brands. We pride ourselves on being a firm with national capabilities and reach, while maintaining strong local connections.

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Allegany County Tourism

Silver sponsor

Welcome to Allegany County, the mountain side of Maryland – 70,000 acres of majestic nature, internationally recognized bike trails, three centuries of American history, a diverse food, brewery, and winery scene, and an endless amount of outdoor adventure. Get back to the mountainside.

Visit Montgomery

Silver sponsor

Montgomery County, Maryland puts endless art, entertainment, attractions, and some of the country’s most beloved historical sites right at your fingertips — close to the action, but a world apart.

On the water or in the woods, a date night downtown or on a brewery tour, travelers will find a broad scope of America’s favorite pastimes. Explore the great outdoors, soak up history and culture at one of the countless museums and galleries, and indulge in some of the country’s best shopping and finest restaurants.

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Great Falls Tavern

Friends of Historic Great Falls Tavern

Bronze sponsor

Preserving the Legacy of the C&O Canal – Established in 1973, the Friends of Historic Great Falls Tavern is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the preservation of the Great Falls Tavern and other historic structures along the length of the C&O Canal.

innovative inc

Bronze sponsor

We are a strategic service provider committed to providing the best experience, strategy, and technology to our customers within an environment where our employees can maximize their potential.

We primarily serve customers in Frederick and Washington Counties, as well as Martinsburg, West Virginia. We even serve a few customers as far away as Florida and Colorado. Our heart (and headquarters) will always live in Washington County, Maryland. We are forever grateful for the many local businesses that have been with us from the beginning.

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Civil War Trails


Civil War Trails® has been working with communities since 1994 to share their stories and connect visitors with small towns and big stories across a network that now spans six states. Travelers look to Trails to put them in the footsteps of the generals, soldiers, citizens, and the enslaved who found themselves in the midst of this Civil War.

There’s always something new to see and do along the Trail, as our program continues to grow and new research comes to light. We look forward to seeing you on the Trail!

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Blue Goose Fruit Market & Bakery


Welcome to The Blue Goose: Gift Shop with Custom Floral Designs, Gourmet Foods & Candies, Amish Fudge, Honey, Ciders, Jams, Bakery with 30 Flavors of Gourmet Pies

August 30 – September 2, 2021
Hagerstown, Maryland USA