Photographs & History

Photographs and History

Lancaster Area | Upcoming Lecture!

I am happy to announce that I’ll be presenting  a slide show and discussion on my ongoing photographic project, From the Main Line: A Contemporary Survey of the Pennsylvania Railroad for the Lancaster Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. Inspired by the work of photographer William H. Rau, who was commissioned in the 1890’s to document the PRR and its destinations, the project explores the transitioning landscape along the former PRR Main Line from New York to Pittsburgh, highlighting the unique vernacular of facilities and infrastructure built by the PRR. Using large format film based images this project combines historical research and imagery to present a creative documentation of one of the most celebrated railroads in American history for both exhibition and web format. Attendees will also be treated to some of the recent commission work I have been doing for Conrail Shared Assets and some behind the scenes insight on the production of a long term video and time lapse documentation project.

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. The lancaster Chapter of the NRHS is one of the founding chapters and has been instrumental in preserving the local rail scene. Notable projects include the restoration of the historic Christiana Station; restoration of the clock at the Lancaster Amtrak station; preservation of Pennsylvania Railroad GG-1 No. 4800, the original GG-1; preservation and relocation of the PRR "J" (Lemo) Tower to Strasburg, Pa., and preservation of the Reading Company FP-7s

The lecture, on Monday June 15th, 2015, is part of the Lancaster Chapter’s monthly meeting. The program is free and open to the public and will begin at 7:30PM at the chapter's beautifully renovated PRR freight station at 10 Railroad Avenue, Christiana, PA17509-1416

For more information please contact me directly at michael@michaelfroio.com