In a time when the spirit of expansion was sweeping across a growing nation, few men found themselves equipped with the necessary resources to envision and build a railroad empire. Captains of industry Jay Gould, Collis Huntington, and Cornelius Vanderbilt did however, and each of them, in their own time, carved out a legendary place in history. Celebrated and sometimes vilified for bringing industrial progress to new territory, the 35th annual Whitehall Lecture Series will present the fascinating histories of American railroad empires and the powerful industry pioneers who built them.
February 9, 2020 - “America’s Mainline: The Fight for the Southwest Transcontinental”
Speaker: Walter R. Borneman
February 16, 2020 - “The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt”
Speaker: T.J. Stiles
February 23, 2020 - “The Life and Legend of Jay Gould: Notorious Railroad Pioneer and Captain of Industry”
Speaker: Maury Klein
March 1, 2020 - “Empire Express: The Building of the First Transcontinental Railroad”
Speaker: David Haward Bain
The Whitehall Lecture Series is sponsored in part by The Palm Beach Post and Hilton West Palm Beach.
When possible, a book signing with the speaker follows each lecture. Online visitors can experience each lecture via a free livestream broadcast where visitors may listen live, see the presentation, and ask the lecturer questions. Visit www. flaglermuseum.us/watch-lectures.
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