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About the exhibition
The virtual exhibition "Landscape Promotion and Transformation along the CB&Q Railroad" is a collaboration of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society and the Newberry Library, a private humanities research library in Chicago. Researched and authored by geographer and environmental historian Eric Olmanson, the exhibition is based on original archival material of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Company held by the Newberry.
We are most grateful to Doug Knox, Director of Publication and Digital Initiatives at the Newberry, for his tremendous support throughout the realization of this project. Furthermore, we want to especially thank James Grossman, former Vice President for Research and Education at Newberry, for his support, and to Martha Briggs, John Powell, and Catherine Gass for their assistance in researching, selecting, and digitizing the documents presented in the exhibition.
About the author: Eric Olmanson
Eric Olmanson studied geography and environmental history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After completing his PhD in 2000 he served as an institutional historian until 2008. Since then he has been a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has worked on various research and writing projects. His first book, The Future City on the Inland Sea: A History of Imaginative Geographies of Lake Superior, was published by Ohio University Press in 2007. It won the Great Lakes American Studies Association and Ohio University Press book award and was awarded the J. B. Jackson Prize by the Association of American Geographers. He is currently writing a book about the American Medical Center for Burma, 1945-1965.