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Grass Between the Rails with Denny Rehder

When Aug 22, 2019
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Kupka Cultural Center
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Contact Phone 319/478-2180
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            Denny Rehder, Windsor Heights, Iowa, will present his program on Iowa railroad history, “Grass Between the Rails,” at the Traer Public Library Thursday, August 22nd at 7 pm. His performance is free and open to the public.

            He created this program as an official Iowa Sesquicentennial event in 1996. His appearances around the state have been funded by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities ever since. This will be his 109th performance.

            Rehder has been a musician all his life. He combined that ability with his love of Iowa history to produce "Grass Between the Rails," a celebration of Iowa's railroad heritage in words and original music. His songs cover the gamut of Iowa railroad history from the race for Council Bluffs to the Burlington Zephyr. Through his music, he visits the worst wreck ever, Iowa’s best-known railroad hero, the road through Paradise, the one elephant circus and his family’s ties to the Illinois Central. His grandfather, Alex Hill, and uncle, John Hill, were engineers on the Illinois Central working from Cherokee.

            He has been involved in the publication of several books on Iowa history. Four were published by his own Waukon & Mississippi Press, including his first book, "Grass Between the Rails," the history of the Waukon, Iowa, branch of the Milwaukee Road. He also wrote and published “The Shampoo King,” the history of the F. W. Fitch Company and the famous Fitch Bandwagon radio show.

            Now retired, he has been a professional writer and photographer for more than fifty years. His work has received local, regional and national awards.  Rehder grew up on a farm near Gladbrook in central Iowa overlooking the Chicago Great Western mainline.

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This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.