Program Series.

Saturday, September 24, 9-5-

The annual Railroad Days celebration this year will bring it home to where it all started... Council Bluffs. Celebrate CB's railroad heritage and place in history as historic Mile Zero for the Union Pacific Railroad. There will be numerous train-themed activities and locations to visit between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 24.


The Society's RailsWest Railroad Museum, the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, Pottawattamie Arts, Culture and Entertainment (PACE), the Historic General Dodge House, and the Historic 100 Block of Council Bluffs are teaming up to offer this family-friendly event with plenty of things to interest kids, including numerous hands-on activities with interactive technology and exhibits that explore the vast world of the railroad. Trollies will be provided for transportation to each participating location.


Passes for the family event are $10 per group, which includes two adults and unlimited children under 18. An additional adult pass can be purchased for $5. Passes may be purchased in advance online and can be redeemed the day of the event at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, where each person will receive a wristband that allows un-limited rides on the trollies and admission to both the RailsWest Railroad Museum and the Historic General Dodge House.

A "misplaced" presidential executive order? A totally bogus census?  A brawl at a legislative meeting? When if comes to railroads, Council Bluffs put the "C" in Chicanery. Join Richard Warner from the Historical Society at PACE, 1001 South 6th Street, 2 pm, Saturday, September 24, for "Railroad Days: The Rest of the Story." There is no admission charge.

Thursday, September 29, 7 pm-  

When the Bloomer’s arrived in town Dexter noted virtually every building in Council Bluffs had been converted into a saloon. Society could benefit from some changes, and Dexter and Amelia Bloomer were up to the challenge, tackling things from women’s rights to temperance to education. Council Bluffs First Power Couple will be presented by Linda Knell, Kimberly Kazmierczak, and Ben Johnson, Thursday, September 29, 7 pm, at the Council Bluffs Public Library. There is no admission charge and the public is invited.

Support provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

Sunday, October 2, 2 pm-  

One single incident can change the world. 160 years ago the most significant thing to ever impact Council Bluffs/Omaha occurred: Abraham Lincoln issued an executive order designating Council Bluffs as eastern terminus of the transcontinental railroad. Council Bluffs? But why then were the first tracks, headquarters, and shops in Omaha? It's a great story with sufficient skullduggery to make the activities of Bernie Madoff and Enron look pious by comparison. This program explains how the East ended... and where the West didn't began. Presented by Dr. Richard Warner, 2 pm, College of St. Mary’s Gross Auditorium, Omaha; admission $5. Sponsored by the Douglas County Historical Society. To register, email admin@douglascohistory.org or call 402-455-9990, Ext. 102