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CCA President/CEO Speaks At Lemont Library

May 7, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This year the I&M Canal celebrates its 175th anniversary and Lemont, its 150th. That’s not a coincidence that Lemont was born soon after the canal was opened.

Ana Koval, the President/CEO of the Canal Corridor Association, which is the nonprofit, coordinating agency that oversees the I&M Canal National Heritage Area, will give a rare lecture at the Lemont Public Library providing historical insights into how the opening of the canal, which was the last step needed for an all-water, interior route from the East Coast to the Gulf of Mexico, drastically changed this part of the world, leading to the growth of Lemont, Chicago, the region and even the United States.

Ana will also explain what a National Heritage Area is and why they’re important in preserving and promoting a region’s stories, heritage, natural resources and economies. In particular, she’ll discuss plans for the I&M Canal National Heritage Area and how you can become involved as a steward helping to ensure its continued survival for the benefit of future generations.

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May 7, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Lemont Public Library
50 E Wend Street
Lemont, IL 60439 United States
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