Monday, April 4, 2011

Dr. Rudolph Daniels to Discuss Trains of the Civil War

Dr. Rudolph Daniel will be at the South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue, in South Sioux City Nebraska to discuss Trains of the Civil War on Wednesday night April 13th at 6:30 p.m.

The railroads, as with other forms of infrastructure played a vital role during the Civil War. The side that best mastered railroad technology would have a great advantage in the war effort.

Rudolph Daniels is Assistant Dean and Department Chair of Railroad Operations Technology at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City. He was born in Trenton, N.J. and studied the oboe with some of the world's leading performers. He graduated from St. Francis College, Loretto, PA. He went on to Penn State University studying Russian/Soviet foreign policy, history, and Russian language and literature. He received his Ph.D. in 1971, and later developed his dissertation into a book: V. N. Tatishchev: Guardian of the Petrine Revolution. Daniels taught Russian studies at various colleges in Dubuque, Iowa before moving to W. Germany in 1974, where he taught English and French. Over the course of 22 years, he became Dept. Chair of History and Poli Sci and also taught woodwinds and music lit. classes. In 1996, he became Dept. Chair of the Behavioral Sciences at WITCC, where he began teaching courses in Railroad Operations Technology. Trains across the Continent was developed as a textbook for his classes at WITCC.

The month of April is a significant month in Civil War history with the attack on Fort Sumter on April 12th, 1861 and Lee’s surrender to Grant on April 9, 1865. This program will prove to be intriguing to both the Civil War buff and the railroad buff.

The program is free of charge and open to all people interested. If you have questions on this program call the library at 402-494-7545.

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