|2014 Speaking Schedule|
||The programs are free and are open
to the public.
If you wish to have a tour of the museum, admission is:
$8 adults, $3 children and includes a tour with a guide.
The museum is a division of the Iowa Railroad Historical Society.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
the midst of World War II, lacking men due to the war effort, the
Union Pacific Railroad (UP) recruited an 18-year-old woman from Fonda,
Iowa to become a railroad telegrapher.
McGovern answered the call. Visitors will learn about Bonnie's
adventures as a UP telegrapher at a presentation that she and daughter,
Mary Ann (McGovern) Carson, will present at the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center at 2 p.m. on April 26, 2014 in the museum theater.
program will detail the life and times Bonnie experienced as she
pursued her career in this, at the time, very necessary field.
Mother and daughter team up to offer firsthand accounts of
Bonnie's life as a telegrapher, the dangers involved with the position,
and how it came to shape her life.
worked as a UP telegrapher from 1943-1945 in various midwest depots.
According to their book, “Down the Tracks of Time” written by daughter
Mary Ann Carson, Bonnie was approached by a Union Pacific
representative on August 26, 1942, at her home in Fonda, Iowa, to
become a telegrapher for the railroad. The representative said he
was traveling from town to town recruiting one girl from each location
to handle this important task. According to their book, Bonnie
said “As the man talked, I could scarcely believe what was happening.”
Her life was about to change dramatically.
her telegraphy career, Bonnie was posted at five different depots and
held two positions within the Union Pacific organization. After
attending business school in Omaha, Nebraska, she was first posted, as
a telegrapher, in Paxton, Nebraska and was there for a few months
before she moved to Archer, Wyoming. Bonnie's next posting was at the
depot in Pine Bluff, Wyoming, 40 miles east of Archer. At age 19
she then became the depot agent in Hershey, Nebraska in the spring of
1944. Her last posting was as a telegrapher in the North Platte,
Nebraska yard office where she concluded her career.
June 21, 1945 she married George (Mac) McGovern. The couple met while
Bonnie was working at the North Platte canteen. Bonnie McGovern
now lives in Grand Island, Nebraska not far from her daughter, Mary Ann
Carson. Bonnie will be turning 90 years young on April, 28, 2014.
Bonnie's and daughter Mary Ann's presentation will conclude this year's speaker series at the James H. Andrew museum.
Learn how this 18-year-old girl from Fonda became a telegrapher with
one of the largest railroads in the nation. Attend Bonnie and
Mary Ann's presentation April 26, 2014 at the James H. Andrew Railroad
Museum and History Center at 225 10th St. Boone, IA 50036.
|Depots of Iowa Exhibit|
|At one time, there were more than 1,000 railroad depots in Iowa,
serving a number of railroads. If
you have ever wondered about the history of these depots,
wonder no more. Our "Depots of Iowa" exhibit is now open.|
exhibit encompasses Iowa railroad depot history, beginning with the
inception of railroads and their depots in the state, progressing
through the golden years, and culminating with the declining years of
include the importance of railroad depots as social centers,
communication outlets, and their initial catalysts of community
builders in the state. Thirteen color banners highlight depot history,
with many unseen photos. In addition, several interactive kiosks are
available, enabling visitors to view many Iowa depots, with more depots
being added over time.
page has information on the new exhibit.
|The Railroaders: Honoring their careers|
|Read the first of our articles highlighting the
contributions that railroaders have made to the industry. These folks went above
and beyond the call of duty in their work, and made important
contributions to railroading in the United States. Now, we are
honored to be able to shine a spotlight on Norman "Si" Simons. Click here to read his story.|
is the case with our non-profit operating railway museum, the Boone
& Scenic Valley Railroad, The James H. Andrew Railroad Museum is a
volunteer-driven organization. We are always looking for a few good
volunteers. Our Volunteers page has been updated with a look at the many opportunities to volunteer at the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum.|
|You can help preserve Iowa's railroad
history by making your contribution now. Donations may be sent to: Iowa Railroad Historical Society Foundation
Board, PO Box 603, Boone, Iowa 50036,
or pay by credit card by calling 1-800-626-0319, Monday through Friday
from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM. The Iowa
Railroad Historical Society is a non-profit 501C3 tax-exempt
corporation, and as such, donations
may be tax deductible. More information may be found on our Support page.||