"Richard Cook:  Rail Images of a Past  Era"                                      New Exhibition  April 8 - November 7, 2021

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The Allen County Museum presents the exhibition "Richard Cook: Rail Images of a Past Era", highlighting over 35 photographs by the late railroad photographer.  Cook was a native of Cleveland and a former resident of Lima.   The collection contains over 2,000 photographic negatives donated to the museum by his wife in 1995.  Exhibited for the first time, this collection of photographs captures the essence of the historic era of the train, detailing these giant machines in the background of daily life - as part of the landscape at the roundhouses and locomotive factories, train stations, city scenes, and countryside.  

The exhibition continues through November 7, 2021. 

Click here to explore some of Richard Cook's photographs online.

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For more than a century, the Allen County Historical Society has been preserving our area's rich history. Your membership is more than an expression of your interest in history, antiquities, innovation, and tradition. It is an affirmation of the significant role that our organization and Museum plays in our community and beyond. You will gain access to exciting educational and entertaining programs, exhibitions, behind the scenes perspectives, and valuable  discounts - all while supporting the Society's century-long legacy of making our Museum available to everyone.

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History nurtures personal identity and enables us to discover our own place within the stories of our families, communities, and nation. Stories of freedom and equality, injustice and struggle, loss and achievement, and courage and triumph help us to understand how the world in which we live was shaped by those who came before. Through these varied stories, we develop personal values that guide our approach to life and our relationships with others.

History is the foundation for strong and vibrant communities. A place only becomes a community when it's wrapped in human memory. Our connections and commitment to one another are strengthened when we share stories and experiences.

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