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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

RIVERBOATS, RAILROADS, AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE WEST

On Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City will host Dr. Christopher Gabel for a discussion titled You Can’t Get There from Here: Riverboats, Railroads, and the Development of the West. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the discussion.

This presentation examines the difficulties of long-distance transportation and trade prior to the development of steam transportation, and explores the impact first of steamboats and then railroads in the opening of the American West. The city of Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, and the state of Kansas serve as examples in demonstrating the vital importance of efficient transportation in the history of the American heartland.

To make a reservation for this free event call 816-268-8010 or email kansascity.educate@nara.gov.

About the Speaker

Dr. Christopher Gabel has served in the Department of Military History of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College since 1983. He has taught classes on general military history, the Civil War, and World War II. He has also conducted numerous staff rides to battlefields of the Civil War. His publications include The US Army GHQ Maneuvers of 1941, The Staff Ride Handbook for the Vicksburg Campaign, two booklets on Civil War railroads, and the U.S. Army’s sesquicentennial pamphlet on Vicksburg.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 15 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit www.archives.gov/kansas-city/.

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