On Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. the Friends of L&N Depot plan to unveil the newest exhibit for the Historic RailPark & Train Museum. Phase 2 of “Railroads Go to War” highlighting “Women in Railroading” and “Rosie the Riveter” will be revealed to a limited audience. This is part 2 of a 3-part series. Phase 1 was completed in 2019 highlighting the L&N’s involvement with “WWI” and “WWII.”

This interactive exhibit highlights the historical significance that women contributed to the wartime efforts and the vital role they served in the railroads. While the national effort was of great importance, we have a local connection. Kathryn Brown Gilbert, a local Bowling Green celebrity, is featured under “Women in Railroading.” The focus of Phase 2 is on Kentucky women, like Kathryn and Rose Will Monroe. The subject matter of this new exhibit is of interest to women and men, along with students of all ages.

We want to thank WKU’s Department of Art, especially Asst. Prof. Natalie Tyree and WKU students, Trent James, Kayla Stout, McKenna Webb, and Sydney Thomas for their designs. Board members Miliska Knauft, Joe Cox and Jim Lockwood were a part of the planning, research and installation and volunteers Mike Dowell and Larry Bailey.

This exhibit was made possible with grant funding provided by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The community is invited to attend. The new and previously revealed collection can be seen at in the museum at the Historic RailPark & Train Museum. To find out more about the non-profit museum, membership, and how to be part of its events and volunteer opportunities, visit our social media or website. Please learn more in person by visiting the RailPark at 401 Kentucky Street in Downtown Bowling Green. Call 270-745-7317 with any questions.

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