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Author shares story of Transcontinental Railroad

Part of First Wednesdays at Essex Junction’s Brownell Library

Author Martin Sandler will tell the story of the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad in a talk at Brownell Library in Essex Junction on May 7 at 7 p.m. The talk, “The Transcontinental Railroad: America’s Greatest Adventure,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Sandler will describe the extraordinary challenges of building an iron road 1,800 miles through mountains, over prairies, and across deserts — all by hand — and discuss how “the greatest public work that mortal man has ever yet accomplished” forever changed the nation.

Sandler is the author of eighty-three books, including Riding the Rails in the USA: Trains in American Life. He has received many honors, including two Pulitzer Prize nominations; a Boston Horn Book Award; and seven Emmys. He has taught American history and American studies at the University of Massachusetts and Smith College.

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For more information, contact Brownell Library at 878-6955 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 262-2626 or, or visit