September 24, 2022

Connecticut River Museum to Host Post Roads & Iron Horses

Essex,CT – On Thursday, December 8 at 5:30 p.m., the Connecticut River Museum’s Boathouse Gallery and Education Center will be the setting for the fascinating history of  the turnpikes, steamboats, canals, railroads and trolleys that helped define Connecticut and shape New England.  Advances in transportation technology during the nineteenth century transformed the Constitution State from a rough network of colonial towns to an industrial powerhouse of the Gilded Age.  Drawing from his recently published book, historian and transportation engineer Richard DeLuca will provide engaging stories and trace the significant themes that emerged as American innovators and financiers, lawyers and legislators, struggled to control the movement of passengers and goods in southern New England.

The program will be followed by a light reception and book signing by Mr. DeLuca.  Admission is $5 for the general public and free for Connecticut River Museum members.   Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 860-767-8269.  The Connecticut River Museum is located on the Essex waterfront at 67 Main Street.

About Richard DeLuca

Mr. DeLuca has worked as a transportation planner in Connecticut for ten years and written on regional transportation for Connecticut History and the Encyclopedia of Connecticut History Online.  He is the author of We, the People! Bay Area Activism in the 1960s.