Steam Railroad Photography Exhibit Opening in Museum

Photo of images from the entrance of the exhibit

These three photographs by O. Winston Link appear at the entrance to the exhibit featuring his work at the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

July 26, 2006 – “The Last Steam Railroad in America: Railroad Photographs of O. Winston Link” will be on display in the Southeast Missouri Regional Museum beginning July 31.

The exhibit chronicles photographs taken by Link of steam locomotives of the Norfolk and Western Railway between 1955 and 1960. In conjunction with the exhibit, a reception and ice cream social will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 25.

The photos document a technology and an associated way of life before it disappeared. An engineer by training, Link created images using an elaborate synchronized flash process. The exhibition presents a nostalgic look at a now-gone era.

The 36 photographs come from the collection of Thomas Garver, who worked as Link’s assistant. Garver, the author of The Last Steam Railroad in America, will present an illustrated and entertaining lecture on O. Winston Link at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Museum. The public is invited. Admission is free.

“The Last Steam Railroad in America: Railroad Photographs of O. Winston Link” is organized by Garver and produced in collaboration with the Center for Railroad Photography & Art (http://www.railphoto-art.org).

A train-themed Family Fun Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. Drop-in activities will include a Museum scavenger hunt, milk carton locomotives, demonstration of how a steam engine works, and driving railroad spikes.

The museum is located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University in Memorial Hall Room 122.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The exhibit continues in the Museum through Oct. 1. For more information on the exhibit, contact Ellen Hahs at (573) 651-2301.

Photo of several images from the Railroad Photography Exhibit

The photos document a technology and an associated way of life before it disappeared. An engineer by training, Link created images using an elaborate synchronized flash process. The exhibition presents a nostalgic look at a now-gone era.