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Call for Artifacts: Hudson & Manhattan "Tubes" Exhibit

Via Railway Preservation News

The Hoboken (NJ) Historical Museum and the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy are seeking individuals, institutions, libraries or museums who possess rare and unique historical collections related to the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad for their upcoming show, "The Tubes: Hudson & Manhattan's Rails Under the Hudson, 1874 to the Present-day PATH".

From January 19, 2003 through April 13, 2003, the Hoboken Historical Museum and the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy will present "The Tubes: Hudson & Manhattan's Rails Under the Hudson, 1874 to the Present-day PATH," an exhibition at the Hoboken Historical Museum on the development of the Hudson Tunnels, from 1874 until their completion over 30 years later, and their inclusion into the PATH rapid transit system. Along with text, photographs, diagrams, enlarged images from postcards, and artifacts from the collection of the Hoboken Historical Museum, "The Tubes" will feature rare artifacts borrowed from private collectors, early footage of the tunnels transferred to video and viewable on a Museum monitor, and a model of an H&M train that will move through the Museum space on a miniature track installed along its mezzanine. An eight-page, four-color brochure will accompany the exhibit.

The exhibit will be presented in wall panels and glass showcases in the Hoboken Historical Museum's fully-accessible, ground-floor level, 1,500-square-foot exhibition space in its permanent home in a portion of the former Bethlehem Steel Shipyard Machine Shop, 1301 Hudson Street, Hoboken Sections include: "Sandhogs & The Engineering Marvel," featuring numerous diagrams, photographs, and accompanying text on the subaqueous tunnel's 1874 conception by Colonel Dewitt Clinton Haskin, and its construction and completion in 1908 by resourceful engineers and an army of "sandhogs" under the leadership of William Gibbs McAdoo; "The Public Be Pleased," featuring old advertisements, photographs, and other paper ephemera on the ways in which Hudson & Manhattan's innovative philosophy was made manifest in the company's cars, stations, and the treatment of riders and employees, especially women; and "John Oakman, An Architect and His Legacy," featuring vintage and contemporary photographs of Oakman-designed structures, including the majestic brick Powerhouse in Jersey City and the Christopher Street PATH station in New York City, and efforts to preserve them.

Two scholarly, illustrated lectures will be provided to complement the exhibit. On Sunday, January 26, 2003, at 3 pm, transportation historian, Brian J Cudahy, author of "Rails Under the Mighty Hudson: the Story of the Hudson Tubes, the Pennsy Tunnels, and Manhattan Transfer" (Brattleboro, VT: Stephen Greene Press, 1975; reissued Bronx, NY: Fordham University Press, 2002) will provide an illustrated lecture on the building of the Hudson and Manhattan tunnels Mr Cudahy, who also authored "Cash, Tokens, and Transfers: A History of Urban Mass Transit in North America" (Fordham, 1990) will discuss the engineering advances that made the "tubes" and rapid transit possible, as well as the ways the tunnels have changed the lives of New Yorkers and New Jerseyeans by physically linking them as never before A book signing will follow audience discussion.

And on Sunday, March 9, 2003 at 3 pm, John Gomez, president of the preservation non-profit Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy, will provide a slide lecture on the history of Jersey City's 1906 Hudson & Manhattan Railroad Powerhouse, which once literally gave life to the Hudson Tunnels, and current efforts not only to preserve this rare architectural reminder of America's Gilded and Industrial Ages, but to make it the innovative centerpiece of the cultural and commercial revival of Jersey City's waterfront.

Any contacts or leads to special H&M collections would be gratefully appreciated and acknowledged Please contact the Hoboken Historical Museum to discuss specifics about, and arrange, collection loans

Contact Holly Metz at: Tel: 2016562240 Hoboken Historical Museum PO Box 3296 Hoboken, NJ 07030 Email: hollymetz@earthlink.net . Or contact: John Gomez Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy PO Box 68, Jersey City, NJ 07303-0068 Tel: 2014201885 Email: jclandmarks@earthlink.net   Web: www.jclandmarks.org  (John Gomez, Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy)

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