Leonard railroad collection subject of Old Capitol Museum lecture May 17

The University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum will salute two local historians with a lecture about an extensive UI railroad collection at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 17. UI doctoral candidate Colleen Kelley will deliver the free, public lecture in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.

The lecture is part of the monthlong celebration of Irving Weber Days, organized by the Johnson County Historical Society to honor Iowa City’s beloved historian, who died in 1997. Kelley will focus on railroad photographs, correspondence, and documents collected by another local historian and longtime railroad employee, Levi Leonard. His collection is now housed at the UI Libraries and Special Collections. Leonard was a longtime employee of the Union Pacific and the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific railroads and historian for Union Pacific.

Kelley is the UI Libraries Robert A. and Ruth Bywater Olson Fellow, focusing her dissertation research on 19th-century American policies toward Native Americans.

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