Toy train exhibit

Marlborough - posted Apr, 08 2013

MARLBOROUGH- The Marlborough Arts Center, 231 North Main Street, in Marlborough, is hosting an "On Track Toy Train Exhibition" from April 6-May 19. With the exception of Mother's Day, the Arts Center will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. and admission is free. This extensive collection of toy trains through the years is exhibited in the Arts Center's beautiful Charles W. Hall Art Gallery. These toy trains remind us of childhood, but also of the culture of the big trains they represent. For this exhibition there are Guest Lecturers who will make the various aspects of the history of train travel in this area come alive. The Guest Lecturer on Sunday, April 21 is Jack Swanberg, a Connecticut Railroad Historian who has been interested in railroads since a child. His career has included a series of major positions with the railroads in New York, Michigan and Connecticut including Trainmaster in New York City's Grand Central Terminal, Staff Trainmaster in New York City and New Haven, and Lead Trainmaster in New Haven from which he retired in 2000. On Saturday, April 27, Phil Manaker and Tom Ladny, who are experts in getting your old toy trains in top operating shape, will be at the Arts Center explaining their secrets. So bring in your trains, problems, and questions and let them help you get your trains running again for the pleasure of everyone in the family. For this very hands-on day, a donation of $5/person is suggested. The guest lecturer on Sunday, April 28, is Laura Smith who is the Curator for the Railroad History Archive in the Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center in the University of Connecticut Libraries. She will speak on the collections of the archives and how they can be used as a source for historical research, especially focusing on the Air Line Railroad and the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad lines, both of which are a part of our local history. The Marlborough Arts Center is a non-profit regional center for the fine arts, performing arts, and fine crafts and is involved in bringing local history to our communities. Visit the website for details of this exhibit and many other artistic activities or call 860-295-9389.

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