About CHICAGO RAILROAD HISTORY MONTH
Through public programs and educational outreach Chicago Railroad History Month seeks to increase awareness of the influence of the railroads on Chicago's history. Chicagoans have lost touch with the critical importance of the railroads in the city's economic future. We will not only emphasize the forgotten history of railroads but also the need to renew and improve the infrastructure that supports the rail industry. A secondary goal will be to educate the public about the critical importance of railroad safety through partnerships with organizations like Operation Lifesaver.
Chicago Railroad History Month is sponsored by the Blackhawk Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. The NRHS was founded in 1935 by a group of rail historians. It has since grown from 40 founding members to include over 13,000 men and women of all ages and professions in every state and many foreign countries, making it the nation's largest rail preservation and historical society. Serving Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, the members of the Blackhawk Railway Historical Society have an interest and appreciation of railroad history and are actively involved in its study and preservation. Today's well-chronicled events are the historical record for tomorrow, and we are therefore actively engaged in documenting today's modern railroading.