There will be a new event hosted Saturday at the Cherokee Depot.
For the first time, Depot Renovation, Inc. will celebrate National Train Day on Saturday, May 7.
Members of Depot Renovation, Inc., the group responsible for saving and restoring the old Illinois Central Railroad Depot in Cherokee to its historic significance, invites the public to the depot to their first-ever celebration of National Train Day.
They will have an Open House from 1-4:30 p.m., during which time coffee, cookies, and juice will be served, tours of the depot and the caboose will be available, and the Little Sioux Valley Model Railroad (HO Scale) will be operating for the enjoyment of kids of all ages.
Later in the day, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. they will have a formal presentation by Dr. Rudolph "Rudy" Daniels, retired professor of history. The title of his presentation will be "How Railroad Trains Made Our Country Great and Strong."
He is currently the Police Planner for the Sioux City Police Department in Sioux City. Recently, he functioned as editor for the new edition of the history of Sioux City. For the past several years, Dr. Daniels was Assistant Dean for Special Projects and was Department Head of Railroad Operations Technology at Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC) located in Sioux City.
He also taught history classes at WITCC.
Rudy received his Ph.D. in history from Pennsylvania State University and has postdoctoral certificates from the University of Iowa Center for Advanced Studies, and the Northwest Iowa Foundation.
He has written four books and numerous articles. His book "Trains Across the Continent" in now in its second edition and is the only comprehensive history of North American railroads. He also created the educational website for the Federal Railroad Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
To access the website, enter: www.dot.fra.gov then click on education, next click on schoolhouse, and finally click on new k-12 curriculum.
Dr. Daniels assisted in putting together a complete and comprehensive USA Railroad map, and continues to teach evening classes related to history. His most recent book is "Sioux City Railroads."
Last year he was elected President and Chairman of the Board of the Nebraska Railroad Museum and the Fremont and Elkhorn Valley Railroad.
He has given programs on trains and related topics over the years, including several in Cherokee to raise funds for the Cherokee Depot Renovation project.
He has spoken both regionally and nationally. He is a member of the Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau. He has also directed a number of grants for the National Endowment for the Humanities over the years.
Following his presentation, desserts and coffee will be served.