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Walkway Lecture Series with Thomas Ilich, P.E. – Courage to Dream Big

June 16, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come join us for a fun and informative talk with structural engineer and filmmaker Tom Ilich. Tom will present his documentary film on “Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge – Past, Present & Future” followed by a discussion on the dreaming, planning and ingenuity it took to build the worlds longest elevated railroad bridge in the 1880’s.The courage to dream big was needed then as it was to create the Walkway Over the Hudson!

The film includes interviews with key players in transforming the abandoned railroad bridge into the scenic Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park that has become a world class tourist destination. Mr. Ilich’s lecture will provide an overview of the technical challenges of any major river crossing, design types and structural principles. He will also speak to the political challenges involved in building the bridge in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

We will also be celebrating Path Through History Weekend—a showcase of New York State’s rich and fascinating history and will feature hundreds of events happening at historic and cultural destinations throughout the state. You don’t have to be a historian to appreciate New York State’s rich heritage. New York’s new Path Through History helps you discover, experience and appreciate the state’s amazing past. A wealth of memorable experiences awaits you – from living history museums, to forts and military landmarks, to the homes of presidents, great writers and artists. With an unparalleled network of museums, historic sites and cultural institutions, Path Through History takes you across the state to discover events of the past and learn how they reverberate today.

Complimentary for Walkway members. For non-members – donation suggested, or take this opportunity to become a member.

Seating is limited, please register in advance here

Location: Mahoney’s Irish Pub & Steakhouse (handicap accessible on the lower level – N. Water Street entrance)


June 16, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Mahoney’s Irish Pub & Steakhouse
35 Main St
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 United States
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