Hopewell Public Library “Wednesday Night Out” Lecture Series
Co-sponsored by the Hopewell Valley Historical Society and The Hopewell Museum
Free and open to the public
- See the References post for additional material on the train stations, including the online video, presentation slides, slide shows, associated briefs for the train stations and railroad lines, and information on the art and artists.
The Hopewell and Pennington train stations not only are historic National Register-listed properties, but they also are iconic symbols of our communities.
Built in 1876, these stations served over 20 trains a day between Philadelphia and New York in the heyday of the railroads, before sinking into disrepair with the decline of railroad traffic into the 1980s.
But the stations have since been reborn, as a private residence in Pennington and as a community park and gathering place in Hopewell Borough.
In this presentation, Doug Dixon will present a visual history of these train stations, illustrating their story with photographs and artwork. This talk will celebrate both the history of the railroads in the Hopewell area, and the photographers and artists who captured these past moments for us.
Meet the artists and families: Come at 6:30 pm to chat with local artists Ken McIndoe and Jerry Cable, and the families of Sal Asaro and E. B. Walden (Gray’s Watercolors).
About the speaker: Doug Dixon is an independent technology consultant and writer, now morphed into a history enthusiast. He is a board member of the Hopewell Museum and the Hopewell Valley Historical Society. Over the past few years, Doug has developed the Hopewell Valley History Project (HopewellHistoryProject.org), which is working with many local contributors to collect and freely share digital copies of local historical materials to aid research into Hopewell area people and places.
As a software technologist, Doug specializes in Web technology, databases, and digital media. He has consulted to the Aberdeen Test Center doing large data testing and visualization, and previously was a product manager and software developer at Intel and Sarnoff. He has authored four books on digital media, published hundreds of feature articles, and presented over a hundred seminars and talks.