Mike, Mack, and Mary discuss the previous week wherein we gave 6 classrooms of 4th graders tours of the building online. There is some actual railroad content in this episode, as we discuss Fenton, Michigan!
Mike and Mack take a imaginary trip down to Detroit this week to learn about three major train stations in their history: The Michigan Central Station, The Fort Street Union Station, and the Brush Street Station.
Mike, Mary, and a weirdly echoey Mackenzie (whoops) discuss merchandise ideas for the coming year. If you've ever wondered what goes through our heads when deciding what to sell in the gift shop, this episode is for you!
Mike, Mack, and Mary tell some train robbery tales today, taking us from Nebraska in 1877 to Glasgow in 1963! Also our furnace kicks on in the middle of the recording and forces Mike to finally do some editing for once.
Mike, Mack, and Mary spend some time today discussing Spier and Rohns, the Architectural Fathers of Durand Union Station, and going into detail on the many siblings that were build around the same time around Michigan.
There are so many that this became Part I of II. We'll continue next week!
Mike and Mackenzie (live from her car) quickly break down the history of the rail in Sault Ste. Marie. We had to do this quickly because she only had half an hour to record. This sounds like a topic we'll come back to, but enjoy the history of the Soo Line, Wisconsin Central, Canadian Pacific, and Canadian National!
Mackenzie went back up north to school, so Mike shares a HISTORY MYSTERY he and Curtis recently solved for a gentleman. Along the way, we all learned a bunch about West Olive, the Michigan Central Railroad, and the Pere Marquette!
That's right, our podcast about railroad history is actually talking about railroad history this week!
Mike and Mack interview DUSI President Mike Rexin on his background, how Norma tricked him into working here, and what he's learned in 2020. Our Mike forgot to turn his own microphone on for 28 minutes, because he is a fool.
Mike and Mackenzie read a couple of train-related children's books for Christmas! They are "The Trains of Christmas" by Rick and Michael Roll, and "The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg. Merry Christmas!
This expansion to Episode 35 is the 2016 Panel Discussion held at the Depot during Railroad Days. It features four woman railroaders: Jessica Hensley, Pat Post, Judy Cunningham, and Sue Hatherill. Each one tells their own story of how they got their start on the railroad and what their unique roles were. Ms. Post has since left us, so we are particularly glad we were able to get her story on tape.
Please enjoy. Chances to get history on recording are hard to come by and this was one of the most fun afternoons we ever had!
Mackenzie, Mary, and Mike discuss a recent virtual tour we gave to 4th grade Girl Scouts and the topic of how women work on the railroad.
They also get sidetracked a lot. That part isn't surprising. Happy Thanksgiving!
Mike records a very short episode this week about local engine GTW 5632. This is what happens when you're busy working on Christmas stuff and don't remember to prep for a podcast until Wednesday night!
Mike, Mary, Mackenzie, Mallory, Maria, Autumn, and Daniel pile into a voice call to discuss ghosts and whether they hang out at the Depot. We also discuss many other things that may or may not pertain to ghosts, spirits, or hauntings. This one was a lot of fun, but maybe not the most organized, or on topic, or educational. Enjoy!
Mike breaks down his and the museum's position on how to be accessible and inclusive to all people. Museums are for everyone, and we hope this episode helps you understand our line of thinking more closely!
In our Season 1 finale, Mike, Mackenzie, and Mary discuss Christmas at the Depot, make strong points about Santa Claus and Ohio State Football (Mike), and finally say goodbye to Mackenzie as she heads off to college.