Presenter: Dale Martin

 Date: Tuesday, May 3

 Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Belgrade Public Library: 106 N. Broadway, Belgrade

Registration: Please call Belgrade Library (388-4346).

Wonderlust programs at the Belgrade Community Library are free and open to the public, thanks to sponsorship by Belgrade Community Library and First Interstate Bank.

Two bridges built in the late 19th century on the rail main line between Edinburgh and Aberdeen became integral parts of Scottish history and identity. The first bridge across the Tay estuary was just two years old in 1879 when the central part blew down in a storm, taking with it a passenger train carrying 75 people. In response to this disaster, the bridge over the Firth of Forth, completed in 1890, was designed not just to be strong but also to appear unyielding in all storms. It is “a Scottish icon that is recognized the world over as the most famous of cantilever bridges.”

Presenter Info: 

martinDale Martin teaches history at MSU. The two bridges he will discuss in “Two Bridges of Scotland” combine his overlapping interests in Scotland, industrial and engineering history, railways, and William McGonagall of Dundee, the “greatest Bad Verse writer of his age.”


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