Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Saturday, May 17 join chief curator of the B&O Railroad Museum, David Shackelford, for the release of his new book The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in Maryland. Incorporated in 1827 the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O) was one of America's first railroads, and Maryland was its heart and soul. The B&O's creation was a tangible symbol of the Industrial Revolution, representing commerce and progress to towns along its route. Its headquarters and operations, centered in Baltimore, provided years of economic growth for a port city. This book contains images of well-known stations in Maryland, including Ellicott City Station, Gaithersburg Station, Camden Station, and the Mount Clare Shops, a self-contained industrial city, now home to the B&O Railroad Museum. Some stations still exist and are home to small museums or restaurants; others no longer stand, but images of them will remind even the casual historian of a time when railroads were once part of everyday life in America. Take a step back in time and revisit the sites, stations, and trains of the B&O that were once part of everyday life in Maryland and remember the glory of a bygone era. B&O Members may attend the book launch party and continental breakfast in the Roundhouse beginning at 9:00 a.m. R.S.V.P. to Jean Safrit by May 10th. Doors open to the general public at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Shackelford will be available for book signings until 12 noon. David Shackelford is also the author of A Journey from Roads to Rails, The Baltimore & Frederick Turnpike, the B&O Railroad, and Ellicott Mills, Maryland: 1800-1860.

Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m., Join thrillmaster and New York best selling author Steve Berry for the international release of his newest novel The Lincoln Myth in the B&O Roundhouse. Mr. Berry will give a keynote address on how history inspired the most compelling fiction and then will be on-hand to sign copies of his book. Books will be available for on-site purchase. Prepaid tickets are required and are $15 for adults and $5 for students with ID. A limited number of tickets for a very special "meet and greet" reception from 5:30pm - 6:30pm are available at $125 each and include a signed copy of his book. To purchase tickets click here. Proceeds from this event benefits Poe Baltimore, Inc., a non-profit charity whose mission is to preserve the history, life and legacy of Edgar Allan Poe in Baltimore. Berry's historical thrillers have been honored on the New York Times best seller list and Berry is the No. 1 International Best Selling Author among many other important literary awards.

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