Michigan’s Vanishing Train Stations: Architecture, History & Sense of Place

Michael HodgesFor his new book, Michigan’s Historic Railroad Stations, Detroit News art writer Michael H. Hodges photographed and profiled 31 depots across the state, from Detroit to Three Oaks to Iron Mountain. Hodges will be at the Main Library on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 7:00pm as part of the 2013 Michigan Notable Book Tour.

In this program, Hodges will trace the evolution of the train station and the styles architects employed to both tame and exalt rail transportation.  Touching on news accounts, literature and film, Hodges will also consider the central role the depot once played as the nation’s principal crossroads – a much-used, much-loved public space that has no real analog in American life today.

The 2013 Michigan Notable Books program and tour are made possible thanks to generous support of the the Library of Michigan, the Library of Michigan Foundation, Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Humanities Council, Meijer, and the Michigan Center for the Book. Media sponsors are City Pulse, WKAR Public Broadcasting from East Lansing, Mittenlit.com, Gennara Photography, Kolt Communications, Inc., and Queue Advertising.

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