March is National Women’s History month – join the Las Cruces Railroad Museum to celebrate important contributions that women have made to the development of the railroad! Throughout the month, the museum will be hosting a series of mini exhibits featuring different women; from conductors to photos to fashion, there is something for everyone!
The first mini exhibit, “Harvey Girls Clothing,” opens March 1st and closes April 1st. The Harvey Girls civilized the railroad experience for train passengers, settling the frontier towns as they moved west. Learn about who these women were and what they wore in the 1880’s.
Our second mini exhibit, “Railway Women Today,” features written interviews with contemporary Amtrak employees and opens March 18th and closes April 1st. Meet some of the women who keep the trains running smoothly today.
“WWII Pioneers,” the final mini exhibit, will open on March 25th and will run through April 8th. With men fighting overseas during WWII, women stepped up to fill empty jobs on the railroads. Learn about the trails these women blazed and the kind of work they did.
The highlight of our “Women on the Rails” March exhibits will be our Brown Bag Lecture on March 14th at 12:00pm. Local railroad pioneer Christine Aldeis will be giving a talk on her experience as the first female engineer not only for the Santa Fe Railroad, but in the entire United States. This is one lecture you will not want to miss!
Admission to the Railroad Museum is free! The museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00am to 4:30pm and Saturday 9:00am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org or call us at (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.