Local Historian to Discuss Parallels Between the Rise of Railroads and Lincoln in America

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For Immediate Release:
February 2, 2009
Contact: Steven Woolfolk
816.701.3698
Local Historian to Discuss Parallels Between the Rise of Railroads and Lincoln in America

Local railroad historian Peter Hansen discusses Lincoln’s role in the rise of American railroads on Wednesday, February 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The event is part of the Library’s Lincoln’s Legacy series to commemorate the bicentennial of the birth of America’s 16th president.

Before there was President Lincoln, there was A. Lincoln, attorney. Before the Midwest could develop, there had to be railroads. Lincoln the lawyer was instrumental in fostering the rise of railroads in this part of the country, which in turn promoted his political career.

Lincoln’s fee in the McLean County railroad case, for example, paid for his 1858 Senate campaign, without which he almost certainly would not have acquired the national stature that propelled him to the presidential nomination two years later.

Hansen is the editor of Railroad History magazine.

A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to RSVP. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore.

Other programs in the Lincoln’s Legacy series include: Lincoln and the Homestead Act on Thursday, February 12; and Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North on Wednesday, February 18.