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75th Anniversary Gala Details Announced!

posted Dec 2, 2018, 12:11 AM by James Lilly
Three quarters of a century ago, a small group came together in Washington to create the Washington, D.C., Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. In 2019, we celebrate the remarkable 75th Anniversary of that event. Sunday, March 31, 2019 DCNRHS will host our Annual Gala Celebrating the 75 years of DCNRHS service and accomplishment as an educational philanthropic organization. We have a new venue for the event, the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia.  The event will begin at 6 pm. Our theme will be Railroading in 1944:  The World that Created the Chapter

The year of the Chapter’s founding was significant. In 1944, WW II had turned in the Allies favor, and it was generally thought that they would soon defeat the Axis powers and banish Fascism from Europe and Japanese  aggression from the Pacific. A year later, the Axis surrendered unconditionally, and railroads pivoted to what they believed to be a coming era of peacetime prosperity.

What, really, was the year 1944 like in the United States, and especially in the Washington, D.C., region? Why would a small group of railroaders and railfans think it was a good time to form a NRHS Chapter and think they could make a difference? That will be the topic of the keynote address. We are delighted to welcome noted rail historian John P. Hankey as our guest speaker for this special event. He brings 50 years of experience and perspective to the field of Railway History and Heritage. He also is a longstanding friend and supporter of the Chapter and uniquely qualified to place our 75th Anniversary into a larger context. John is known for his wide-ranging and challenging presentations, and we expect that he will leave us thinking about Washington’s railroad heritage in ways we never have before.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for a very special evening as we remember and celebrate the three quarters of a century of Chapter accomplishments! Tickets will be available from our web site soon.

BREAKING NEWS:  Attendees who have vintage World War II era Military Uniforms (U.S.) or vintage Railroad Uniforms are encouraged to wear them to the gala.