The “Tales of the Towpath” traveling trunks curriculum offers 4th- and 5th-grade students a unique opportunity to explore mid-19th century life along the Lehigh and Delaware canals.
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Developed by an advisory committee comprised of teachers, principals, curriculum coordinators and local historians living in the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L), the “Tales of the Towpath” curriculum is centered on a storybook of the same name written by D&L Outreach Coordinator, Dennis Scholl. The book follows the life of a young Irish boy - Finn Gorman - whose father takes his family to America in 1846 and eventually becomes a canal boat captain. Young Finn’s adventures lead readers on a journey into the D&L’s past, when anthracite coal was fueling unbridled industrial and economic growth.
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