Moving through the Past: Evansville's Transportation History, Part II
Sunday, April 7, 2 p.m.
As a follow-up to his earlier insightful lecture on transportation in Evansville's early days, Stan Schmitt will continue his discussion of this interesting topic. His presentation will include an
overview of the interurbans (electric street trolleys), automobiles and roads, aviation, and changes on the river and railroads.
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.