Captain Pearl R. Nye: Life on the Ohio and Erie Canal

Timeline 1803-1950

1938

Close-up photograph of a man with a goatee.
 Silent film clip of Captain Pearl R. Nye on the roof of the Thomas Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress, 1938. Library of Congress, American Folklife Center - Archive of American Folk Song Films Collection, AFC 1990/017.

Ivan Walton records three of Nye's songs in Akron, Ohio.

May

Nye performs at National Folklife Festival, Washington, DC.

1939

April

Nye leases abandoned lock at Roscoe Basin to build his home "Camp Charming" using materials from the old canal boat, Rosalie.

Man standing outside a log cabin holding fishing poles.
descriptive record icon enlarge image icon Photograph of Captain Pearl R. Nye Standing Outside Camp Charming 2.

1942

April

Nye performs at National Folklife Festival, New York City.

1950

January 4

Pearl R. Nye dies in Hawthornden State Hospital, Akron, Ohio where he had been living for more than two years.

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