Events at Central during 2016 Railroad Days

Central Church is delighted to be participating in the exciting events to be held during the 39th Annual Galesburg Railroad Days.  All of our activities will be held on Saturday, June 25. We hope you can attend these outstanding events.

LUNCH ON THE LAWN

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Have lunch with us! Burgers and brats, sides and beverage.  Seating provided.  All proceeds go towards preservation of our historic building.

PRESENTATIONS

Railroading in the Prairie State
The Origin of Illinois Railroads: Failure to Triumph
Auditorium, 10:30 a.m.

Illinois Railroads in the Twentieth Century: From Profits to Despair and Renaissance, Auditorium, 1:30 p.m.

corderyA rapid run through the colorful, surprising, and important history of the railroad industry in Illinois, from original failure to unprecedented success to near-extinction and then unexpected renaissance.  Part 1 at 10:30 a.m., Part 2 at 1:30 p.m.  A book signing will follow each presentation.Simon Cordery is the author of The Iron Road in the Prairie State: The Story of Illinois Railroading (Indiana University Press, 2016) and chair of the nominations committee of the National Railroad Hall of Fame.

Mrs. Lincoln’s Salon

South Room, 12:00 noon

2015 38th Annual Galesburg Railroad Days

Hundreds of visitors from the Galesburg area (as well as from several different states) stopped by Central Congregational to experience living history, listen to some great singing, enjoy lunch, and tour our historic building. While it was a lot of work, it was great fun to host these activities as part of Railroad Days.  A special thanks goes to our many friends from the community at large who really pulled together to make this event happen.

Leading up to Railroad Days, an article appeared in the Galesburg Register-Mail highlighting one of our featured events, an appearance of Harriet Tubman as portrayed by Kathryn Harris.  Click here to read the complete story.

A wonderful photo gallery of the days events can be found on our Photo Archives page, or you can click here to go directly to the Railroad Days gallery.