Past Event

Railroads in the American Mind

Railroads transformed the American landscape and economy in the 19th century. What’s more, even as theyĆ­ve declined in importance over the years, they continue to capture our imagination. From children’s books and toys to advertising and popular culture, the railroad is a seminal image and force in American culture. This presentation utilizes period images to display the impact of the nation’s first comprehensive transportation system not only on our national development, but also as an important symbol of a robust, growing America. For more information contact Pamela Bork, 815.686.2365.