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Salem Museum Speaker Series: Roanoke’s Railroad and the War
Thursday, May 12 at 7 pm

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Col. Lewis “Bud” Jeffries

As this is a group in-person event, masks are recommended. For those watching on Zoom: Please remember to mute yourself when you join our Zoom meeting.  We will be recording our session, so please turn off your video if you don’t want to be recorded. Your best view will be Speaker View, not Gallery View. Put questions in the chat and our speaker will answer them after the talk. 

Transportation of troops and equipment by rail was crucial to the success of the United States’ military efforts in World War II. In this talk, Col. Lewis “Bud” Jeffries will describe what Roanoke’s railroad—the Norfolk & Western Railway—accomplished during this very important period of American history. The talk will be presented on Thursday, May 12 at 7 pm, in person at the Salem Museum, with a virtual option.

The Norfolk & Western Railway, headquartered in Roanoke, achieved extraordinary performance in support of America’s war efforts during World War II. The N&W was probably the best prepared U.S. railroad going into this conflict, but the N&W was not alone in this effort. U.S. railroads cooperated to support the nation during this crisis and world conflict. The N&W, and all U.S. railroads, rose to meet the demands placed on them by the war effort. This presentation covers what railroads in general, and the N&W in particular, did to meet the transportation needs of wartime industry, moving large numbers of military personnel and equipment in spite of the disruption of traffic flows, and the need to adapt to changing demands.

As a young boy growing up in Radford, Virginia, Jeffries spent hours watching Norfolk & Western trains thunder past. He left Radford for a career in the United States Army, rising to the rank of colonel, but his fascination with the Norfolk & Western Railway has never ended. He is the author of N&W Giants of Steam, which is regarded as the encyclopedia of N&W steam locomotive design, engineering and tractive power. Jeffries is a longtime member of the Norfolk & Western Historical Society and the Roanoke Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.

Masks are optional but recommended in a group setting; precautionary measures will be subject to CDC guidelines in place at the time. Mask requirements, if any, and links to the virtual option will be listed on the Museum’s website, salemmuseum.org, on the morning of the talk.

For Zoom Meetings: Please remember to mute yourself when you join our Zoom meeting.  We will be recording our session, so please turn off your video if you don’t want to be recorded. Your best view will be Speaker View, not Gallery View. Put questions in the chat and our speaker will answer them after the talk. 

Salem Museum Speaker Series: Understanding Putin and Ukraine
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The Eastern European country of Ukraine has a war-torn history. Independent since 1991, Ukraine is again under serious attack. On Thursday, April 7 at 7 pm, Dr. Robert Willingham spoke about the origins of Ukraine, the history of Ukrainian national identity, and the Russian and Soviet legacies. Dr. Willingham is an associate professor and the chairperson of the History Department at Roanoke College. His research and teaching Interests include Modern Europe, the Holocaust, and World History. He holds a B.A. from Fort Lewis College; an M.A. from Purdue University; and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.