Lunch & Learn About the Deadliest Train Crash in U.S. History


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    • Thursday, July 20, 2017 • 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm


    Lunch & Learn About the Deadliest Train Crash in U.S. History

    CATEGORIES: Visual Arts & Museums | Free

    LOCATION

    Tennessee State Museum - 505 Deaderick St

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    PRICE

    Free

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    On Thursday, July 20, local historian Betsy Thorpe will present “Wartime Casualties at Home: How Nationalization of the Railways During WWI Led to the Deadliest Train Crash in U.S. History.” In July of 1918, two steam locomotives collided head-on in a cornfield at the edge of Nashville, taking the lives of more than 100 people and injuring at least 300 others. Thorpe, the author of "The Day the Whistles Cried," will explore the backdrop of wartime urgency and human error that helped cause this tragic disaster. She will also focus on how the racial and societal divisions of the early 20th century helped decide who would perish and who would survive the deadly train wreck at Dutchman’s Curve.