Library of Michigan to Host 2013 Michigan Rails Conference

1d8e8ce0-ac36-4ae8-9986-3e6b5e93af8bLibrary of Michigan will host the 2013 Michigan Rails Conference on Saturday, September 21, 2013.  The conference features keynote speaker Michael H. Hodges, author of the award-winning Michigan’s Historic Railroad Stations, and capstone speaker Graydon M. Meints, railroad scholar and author of Railroads for Michigan.

“We are delighted to host the Michigan Rails Conference,” said State Librarian Nancy Robertson, “we expect that train enthusiasts, teachers, and students will find it fun and informative.”

Presentations on historical Michigan rail and modern Michigan rail transportation will be available concurrently.  Modern Michigan rail sessions include interurban railways of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Transportation’s ongoing statewide railway projects and the Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers discussion on passenger rail travel.

Highlights of the historical Michigan rail presentations include an opportunity to discuss the Michigan Railroad History Museum’s programs and railroad postcards. The Library of Michigan’s Martha W. Griffiths Michigan Rare Book Room also will display antiquarian railroad materials.

The conference cost is $15 per participant and includes admission to all sessions, a continental breakfast and box lunch. Parking is free.  Registration is from 8-9 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2013 and available online.  For a full schedule or to select sessions and register please visit: