Local historian presents part two of lectures on Evansville's transportation history | Events
As a follow-up to his earlier lecture on transportation in Evansville’s early days, Stan Schmitt will continue his discussion of this interesting topic with a lecture titled Moving through the Past: Evansville’s Transportation History, Part II. His presentation will be on Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m. in the Evansville Museum’s Old Gallery and will include an overview of various topics.
From interurbans, automobiles, and the development of major roads including the Lloyd Expressway and Highway 41, to the development of an airport and the major shifts in river transportation and local railroad traffic, Schmitt will explain how these modes of trasportation, whether positively or negatively, affected the development of Evansville and our region.
Schmitt has spent nearly 30 years reading historic Evansville newspapers. His reading of Evansville newspapers includes publications beginning in the 1820s. He has also done research in places ranging from local libraries and courthouses to the Indiana State Archives, the Library of Congress and the National Archives. His local research has focused on the Wabash and Erie Canal, transportation, coal mining, the Civil War and other military history.
Schmitt serves on the Board of the Vanderburgh County Historical Society; the History Committee of the Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage; and the Critical Review Team of the Feel the History project. He is a past board member of the Canal Society of Indiana and served as editor of the Society’s newsletter.