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  1. May 19, 2017
    Just Plain Train Talks - Dr. Bill Aldrich June 24


    CONTACT: Cindy Small, Chief Marketing Officer, Gettysburg Foundation

    Presentation on The Story of the Development of Regional Railroads and the Effects They Had on Adams County, Saturday, June 24 at 1 p.m. at the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station

    Gettysburg, PA (4-21-17) – Gettysburg Foundation is hosting several free history presentations entitled, “Just Plain Train Talk,” at the historic Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station located at 35 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg.

    Join us Saturday, June 24 at 1:00 p.m. as Dr. Bill Aldrich speaks on the development of Regional Railroads, Early History to Modern Times. Railroad service in Gettysburg began on December 16, 1858, this marked the opening of the western terminus of the Gettysburg Railroad Company. A 16 ½ mile line connected Gettysburg to Hanover Junction and the Gettysburg Railroad Company to the Northern Central Railroad. This connection allowed passengers and freight to connect with trains passing south to Baltimore or north to Harrisburg and on to Philadelphia. Adams County and Gettysburg leaders understood the vision of opportunity that railroads would bring to the area. Join us as Dr. Aldrich takes you through the growth and decline of the regional railroad network and the effects these railroads had on Adams County and surrounding areas.

    Dr. Aldrich earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in organic chemistry from MIT, and a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois and a doctorate in Physical chemistry from the University of Bonn. He served in the US Army and rose to the rank of Major General. His fascination with railroads began at an early age and has continued throughout his lifetime as he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of several major railroads, including: New Haven, Conrail and Norfolk Southern. He is currently serving on the Board of the Association of American Railroads. During the renovation of the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station he was able to compile extensive research on the station, not only as it pertained to President Lincoln’s visit, but also how it was used prior, during, and after the Battle of Gettysburg. He has made significant contributions to the interpretation of the site including modeling and building the displays in the main lobby of the railroad station and the town model in the David Wills House museum.

    This free hour long performance takes place at the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station, 35 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    The Gettysburg Foundation is a non-profit educational organization working in partnership with the National Park Service to enhance preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg. The Foundation raised funds for and now operates the Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park. In addition to operating the Museum and Visitor Center, the Foundation has a broad preservation mission that includes land, monument and artifact preservation and battlefield rehabilitation—all in support of the National Park Service’s goals at Gettysburg.

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