World on the Move: Railroaded: The Industry That Shaped Kansas

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Teens, Adults
Registration for this event will close on June 15, 2024 @ 1:00pm.
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Few industries dominated the economy of the nation in the 19th century more than the railroad. Railroads brought immigrant settlers, created jobs, and fed beef markets in the East. They enabled regular mail service and the adoption of standard time. Most Kansas towns were founded because of the railroad, and few survived without it. Yet the advancement of the railroad industry came at a significant cost to the Plains Indians who were forcibly displaced by this westward expansion. This presentation examines the complicated legacy of railroads and the impact on native peoples who called Kansas home. Presented by Leo Oliva.

This presentation coincides with the traveling exhibit World on the Move: 250,000 Years of Human Migration.


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