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CRP&A Member Exclusive: Inside the Fred Springer Collection

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 

7:00 p.m. (U.S. Central Time), on Zoom

Registration closes at 4 pm CT on Monday, February 19.

This event is exclusive for CRP&A Members (request to check your status in the registration form below the event description)


Join us for a previously unseen tour of Fred M. Springer’s early black-and-white railroad photography across the United States in the Center’s first member-exclusive program of 2024. Hosted by executive director Scott Lothes, “Inside the Fred Springer Collection” will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, February 20, at 7:00 pm Central Time (8 pm Eastern, 6 pm Mountain, 5 pm Pacific).
One of the first big photography collections that the Center took on was the work of Springer, which arrived in 2012. We’ve shared many of his color photographs, and in this presentation we’ll provide our members with a look into his black-and-white work, much of which has never been shown before.
Springer (1928–2012) began photographing railroads in the 1940s. His work is especially strong in Texas, where he spent much of his life, and throughout the South and the Southwest, as well as the Northeast. While his later color work includes considerable international coverage, this presentation will focus on his earlier black-and-white photography, including steam, short lines, and narrow-gauge operations in the U.S., along with a few images from his numerous trips to Mexico. Beyond the trains themselves, Springer also had a deep interest in infrastructure and the railroad landscape, and some of those photographs will be included, too.
Lothes will also look at how the Springer Collection—and Fred’s great generosity—served as an early catalyst in the Center’s growth. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 20, at 7 pm Central Time and plan to join us. We will also record the program and make it available upon request for later viewing.

All of our programming is made possible through member support. Your generosity makes programs like this possible, and we can’t wait to share this unforgettable event with you!


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