John P. Hankey will present a lecture titled “Railroads and the American Civil War” at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. The Friends of the Library will host a reception following the lecture. The museum is at 401 Museum Drive in HagerstownCity Park.
In his illustrated lecture, Hankey explores the many roles played by railroads in the North and South during the Civil War, and especially the Baltimore and Ohio, Western Maryland, and other railroads in the region.
Hankey is an independent scholar, historian and railroader. A native of Baltimore, he served the B&O Railroad in a variety of capacities including company historian, locomotive engineer, and curator of the B&O Railroad Museum.
He is a consultant to railroad museums and historic preservation projects in the U.S. and a member of many historical organizations.
The program is sponsored by Washington County Free Library and the Hagerstown Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.