Historian Chronicles Rise of the Railroad Industry in Kansas City

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For Immediate Release:
November 6, 2008
Contact: Paul Smith
816.701.3668
Historian Chronicles Rise of the Railroad Industry in Kansas City

Railroad historian Peter A. Hansen discusses Dreams of Empire: Kansas City and the Railroads on Tuesday, November 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum, 4801 Main St.  

More than any industry, railroads made Kansas City a regional metropolis. The story of railroading in this area is a richly human one, populated by important and visionary figures like Octave Chanute, Fred Harvey, and Arthur Stilwell. The industry continues to thrive in the present, thanks largely to its inherent fuel efficiency, which makes railroads a green option for the 21st century. 

Hansen, editor of the journal Railroad History, leads this exploration of how railroads changed Kansas City and the nation.

Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may RSVP online.

This program is presented in partnership with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, host of the Art in the Age of Steam exhibition that is now on display.