New exhibit opens at Railway Museum

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

UNION – “Brilliance: A New Exhibit Honoring the Lives of Women on the North Shore Line” will open Saturday at the Illinois Railway Museum.

When Illinois Railway Museum President Joe Stupar scanned more than 3,000 photos from the collection of Harold G. Mason, president of the Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railway, he discovered a testament to women at work in traditional and nontraditional roles during the life of the North Shore Line.

His wife, Gwyneth, herself a 10-year volunteer at the museum, selected and restored the best of these photos.

Gwyneth Stupar is currently in the process of interviewing those female employees who are still in the area. Previously, the women gathered in Waukegan for a reunion organized by a committee of former North Shore Line employees.  

The new exhibit will be featured through Aug. 31, including the museum’s North Shore Day on July 7. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the demise of the North Shore Line. To commemorate the abandonment, the Electroliner will be on display.

The Illinois Railway Museum is the nation’s premier museum dedicated to transportation history, featuring steam, diesel and electric rail transportation, motor buses and trolley buses from the United States and Canada.

For information on museum operations, visit the museum’s website at www.irm.org. 

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