Francine Jackson coming to Providence Public Library

PPL presents “The Train Wreck that Changed Time” with Ladd Observatory’s Francine Jackson, May 18

PROVIDENCE, RI – As part of the Library’s continuing 2016 Exhibition & Program Series -- PORTALS: The History of the Future, Providence Public Library (150 Empire Street, Providence) welcomes Francine Jackson, staff astronomer for Ladd Observatory to present “The Train Wreck that Changed Time.”  The program will be held Wednesday, May 18, from 6 – 8 pm in the Library’s Meeting Room (3rd Floor).  The event is free and open to all.
In August of 1853, two trains collided in Central Falls, Rhode Island.  This incident not only was the first of its kind ever to be photographed, but it also became the impetus for the complete restructuring of time.”

Francine Jackson is the Staff Astronomer for Ladd Observatory, and writes weekly notes on astronomy topics for the facility.  She also does programs for the URI Planetarium.  In addition, she is secretary/publicist for the Blackstone Valley Historical Society, which created a pictorial exhibit on the incident marking its 150th anniversary in 2013.
Photo Caption: Train wreck on the Providence Worcester Railroad near Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Daguerreotype by L. Wright, 1853.

(release from Providence Public Library)

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