Art in the Age of Steam: Europe, America and the Railway, 1830-1960

Community Partners

The Nelson-Atkins is proud to join with the following Community
Partners, who are celebrating the Age of Steam with their own railroad-related exhibitions and events:

Johnson County Library
Kansas City Public Library
Linda Hall Library
Miller Nichols Library
The National World War I Museum
Toy & Miniature Museum of Kansas City
Union Station Kansas City

Spencer Art Reference Library
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Rails, Trains and Stations: The Railroad in Art and Architecture
Sept. 8, 2008–Jan. 30, 2009

This book display from the Library collections features titles about the railroad in art, travel advertising posters and architecture.

See Library Resources for more information

Miller Nichols Library
UMKC University Libraries
5100 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO

All Aboard! Travel in the American Age of Locomotion
Sept. 1, 2008–Jan. 31, 2009

The J.E. Lynn Railroad Memorabilia Collection recalls the era of luxurious and romantic train travel from 1896 to 1960. Photographs, postcards, tickets and more from the Zephyr and Dome trains.

The National World War I Museum
Liberty Memorial
100 W. 26th Street, Kansas City, MO

Railroads and World War I: A Special Exhibition
Sept. 13, 2008–Jan. 17, 2009

Railroads were the backbone of the war efforts, moving men, food, guns and the wounded. This special exhibition in the Museum’s Research Center Gallery holds original photographs, tickets, maps and documents.

Linda Hall Library
UMKC University Libraries
5109 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO

Oct. 2, 2008–March 20, 2009

An exhibition on the early history of railroads and the use of steam for the
purpose of locomotion, from the collections of the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology.

Kansas City Public Library
14 W. 10th Street, Kansas City, MO

Exhibit: Kansas City in the Railroad Age

A special exhibit of materials from the collections is on view in the Missouri Valley Room on the fifth floor of the Central Library.

The Missouri Valley Room is the regional history collection for the Kansas City Public Library system and includes historic photographs, postcards, books, maps and archival collections. 

Also, enjoy a series of classic films that celebrate trains in all their glory during the month of November.

Johnson County Library
Central Resource Library
9875 West 87th Street
Overland Park, KS 66212

Visit any of the Johnson County libraries in December for train-themed books, movies and activities. The Central Resource Library will also host a model train display during the month of December.

Toy & Miniature Museum of Kansas City
5235 Oak, Kansas City, MO

Steam Engine Toys
1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 10
Admission required

Learn how steam engines actually function by exploring the toy steam engines in the collection.

KC Rail Experience at Union StationKC Rail Experience
Union Station
30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO

Travel back to the time when iron horses – trains – were just beginning to unite America’s east and west. This hands-on, permanent exhibit explores the travel industry that made history in our nation and forever shaped Kansas City and Union Station. The KC Rail Experience tells a nostalgic story of bygone years, when rail travel was the country’s latest and greatest innovation.

Admission to the KC Rail Experience is $6.50, or is included with the purchase of a First Class ticket, which also includes admission to Science City and an Extreme Screen movie for only $19.50.

Don’t miss a Model Railroad Show at Union Station Sept. 27-28.
For more information on the Model Railroad Show, contact the Union Station Kansas City Model Railroad Society at 913.392.3495 or 816.861.3449.

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