Fred Friedman will present a free lecture that explores the effects railroads have had on all aspects New Mexico life, from the time prior to statehood until today. This lecture, “New Mexico’s Railroads and the Transition from Territory to Statehood,” is offered as part of the monthly Brown Bag Lecture series Tuesday, August 9 at noon at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum.
Friedman has a broad background in New Mexico railroading history. He served as head of the state’s Railroad Bureau for many years, then investigated railroad accidents throughout the country for law firms. After retirement he acted as an expert witness in railroad cases. He is responsible for dozens of reports and studies associated with railroad freight and passenger service in New Mexico and throughout the United States.
He has authored numerous works about New Mexico railroad history, including subjects such as Santa Fe County Railroads, 1880 to the Present; The Zuni Mountain Railroad; and Railroad Depots of New Mexico. He is currently researching the subject of Native American railroad workers, known as “steel gangs.” Friedman lives in Santa Fe and is a board member of the Historical Society of New Mexico.
This program is sponsored by a grant from the Historical Society of New Mexico.
Admission to the Railroad Museum is free. The museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For additional information, visit the website at museums.las-cruces.org or call (575) 647-4480.
If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.