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Michigan Rails Conference September 21, 2013
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For the first time, four non-profits, two award winning authors, several independent researchers and two state departments have come together to present the 2013 Michigan Rails Conference at the Library of Michigan. The presenters will cover both historical and modern railroad issues.
Two of Michigan’s most preeminent railroad scholars will be participating. Michael Hodges, an art and architecture journalist, has crisscrossed the state photographing and researching train stations of significance. He will talk about his book, Michigan’s Historic Railroad Stations, a 2013 Michigan Notable Book selection, and what stations meant in society. Graydon M. Meints is one of Michigan’s most celebrated scholars on railroad history. He will be on hand to talk about his new book, Railroads for Michigan, published by Michigan State University Press this June.
To address present-day rail travel, members of the Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers will provide details and insights on Amtrak passenger travel. Tim Fischer from Transportation for Michigan will cover current legislation and developments pertaining to short and long distance transit in the state. From the Michigan Department of Transportation, Kris Foondle will be discussing the role of that state department in the current projects mushrooming around the state.
Participants will have an opportunity to view the railroad material of the Martha W. Griffiths Rare Book Room. Sessions will be available to teach people how to do their own research on rail: lines, people, and companies.
A continental breakfast and box lunch will be included with registration so there will be plenty of time to meet and talk with others interested in railroads in Michigan. Cost is $15.00 per person. The Library of Michigan is located at 702 W. Kalamazoo, Lansing. Parking is free on Saturdays and is located just off of Kalamazoo, one block east of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. You can view the full agenda here and register for this event.