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Transcontinental railroads to be explored in April 6 Stegner lecture

March 29, 2006 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- Transcontinental railroads and the West will be discussed in the Wallace Stegner Lecture to be given at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in the Hager Auditorium of the Museum of the Rockies at Montana State University.

Richard White, Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford University, will speak on "Failure: The Transcontinental Railroads and the Making of Western Modernity." The lecture is drawn from his ongoing research on the cultural, social, economic, and environmental influence of the transcontinental railroads in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The lecture is free and open to the public.

A popular lecturer, White has written several books on the history of the American West, Native Americans and the environment. He has won the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, served on the nominating committee for the Pulitzer Prize in History and is incoming president of the Organization of American Historians.

The lecture is sponsored by the Committee for the Wallace Stegner Chair in Western American Studies and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or