Scholar Symposium at Railroad Museum on Friday
The California State Railroad Museum and the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society invite interested observers to a discussion among four eminent historians on Friday, September 28. This Symposium event will take place at the California State Railroad Museum beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at approximately 3 p.m. There is no cost to attend the special Symposium but regular Museum admission fees apply on this day.
The Symposium will explore such questions as the following: Was the transcontinental railroad built too soon? Was the Southern Pacific really “the octopus” of muckraking literature? Were the railroad builders good businesspeople, even in their own terms? And do the answers to these questions continue to influence the relationship between government and big business?
The scholars in this discussion have spent their lives researching these issues. They will offer their views in a roundtable discussion, followed by Q&A from the audience. The panel will include:
- Maury Klein — professor emeritus at the University of Rhode Island, author of a massive three-volume history of the Union Pacific Railroad, and biographer of rail barons Jay Gould and E.H. Harriman;
- Richard Orsi – professor emeritus at California State University East Bay and author of Sunset Limited: The Southern Pacific Railroad and the Development of the American West, 1850-1930;
- T.J. Stiles — San Francisco-based independent scholar and winner of the National Book Award for The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt;
- Richard White — professor at Stanford University, winner of the Parkman Prize and author of Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America.
The discussion will be moderated by Peter A. Hansen, editor of Railroad History, the scholarly journal of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society. For more information about the Museum, including admission price and driving directions, please visit www.californiastaterailroadmuseum.org
Disclosure: Traci Rockefeller Cusack represents a number of businesses and organizations throughout the greater Sacramento region including the California State Railroad Museum.