Walkway Lecture Series with Thomas Ilich, P.E.-Courage to Dream

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Saturday, June 16th in Poughkeepsie

Fun and informative evening with Mr. Tom Ilich. He will be presenting a lecture on the history of building the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge, now known as the Walkway Over the Hudson. The lecture will cover the courage needed to overcome the challenges of creating the Bridge in the 1800’s, the design process underwent to get to the final design and the criticism and upgrades surrounding the entirety of it. As part of the lecture, he will also be presenting his documentary “Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge – Past, Present & Future”.

The film includes interviews with key players in transforming the abandoned railroad bridge into the scenic Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park that has become a world class tourist destination. Mr. Ilich’s lecture will provide an overview of the technical challenges of any major river crossing, design types and structural principles. He will also speak to the political challenges involved in building the bridge in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

We will also be celebrating Path Through History Weekend—a showcase of New York State’s rich and fascinating history and will feature hundreds of events happening at historic and cultural destinations throughout the state. You don’t have to be a historian to appreciate New York State’s rich heritage. New York’s new Path Through History helps you discover, experience and appreciate the state’s amazing past. A wealth of memorable experiences awaits you – from living history museums, to forts and military landmarks, to the homes of presidents, great writers and artists. With an unparalleled network of museums, historic sites and cultural institutions, Path Through History takes you across the state to discover events of the past and learn how they reverberate today.

Complimentary for Walkway members. For non-members – donation suggested, or take this opportunity to become a member.

Seating is limited, please register in advance here: https://bit.ly/2Jrsrpt

Location: Mahoney’s Irish Pub & Steakhouse (handicap accessible on the lower level – N. Water Street entrance)

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