Wed
18

PORTALS: “The Train Wreck that Changed Time” with Francine Jackson, Ladd Observatory

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Meeting Room (3rd Floor)

Wed, 2016-05-18 18:00 - 20:00

“The Train Wreck that Changed Time” with Francine Jackson, Ladd Observatory

In August of 1853, two trains collided in Central Falls, Rhode Island.  This incident not only was the first of its kind ever to be photographed, but it also became the impetus for the complete restructuring of time.”

Caption: Train wreck on the Providence Worcester Railroad near Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Daguerreotype by L. Wright, 1853.


Francine Jackson is the Staff Astronomer for Ladd Observatory, and writes weekly notes on astronomy topics for the facility.  She also does programs for the URI Planetarium.  In addition, she is secretary/publicist for the Blackstone Valley Historical Society, which created a pictorial exhibit on the incident marking its 150th anniversary in 2013.

PORTALS is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, as independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Council seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.

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