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Learn at Lunch: Fowler’s Birds-Eye Views & PA Railroads


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Join us and Kurt Bell, Archivist from the Pennsylvania State Archives, as he explores how TM Fowler’s Bird’s-Eye views can be used to document and interpret the history of Pennsylvania’s vast rail network in the late 19th century. The presentation will look at a few “case studies” of Fowler maps from select railroad towns from across the state to illustrate the details of yards, tunnels, depots, bridges, track rights-of-way, parallel multi-modal transport systems (e.g., canals, turnpikes, stage coach routes). Mr. Bell’s presentation will also look at the broader geography of railroads in Pennsylvania and their relationship to the many communities that they served and helped shape.

This is the second of three “Learn at Lunchtime” talks being offered in April in conjunction with the Museum’s current exhibition, ‘Everything of Interest Shown’: T.M. Fowler’s Bird’s-Eye Views of Pennsylvania, 1885-1905. The exhibit runs through May 6.

This program is included with General Admission to the Museum.