CANCELLED DUE TO WINTER STORM (TO BE RESCHEDULED): “The History of Lionel Toy Trains and Others,” a talk by avid train collector, Paul Bortz

January 13, 2018, 11 am
No charge for the talk at the Ilsley Public Library. The Sheldon Museum portion of the program is by donation to support the train exhibit.
Antique Lionel engine and tender

Antique Lionel engine and tender

On Saturday, January 13 at 11 am, Paul Bortz, a member of the Sheldon Museum’s train crew, will present a hands-on talk, demonstration and discussion entitled “The History of Lionel Toy Trains and Others.” Paul’s talk, sponsored by the Sheldon Museum, will explore what makes Lionel wonderful. The short answer to that question is: innovation. Paul is an enthusiastic collector and operator of over 1,000 trains dating from the early 1900s to today and he specializes in the history of toy trains.  Anyone interested in bringing in their trains for identification (year, history, etc), feel free to do so!  Paul will have some free magazines on hand for those interested. The talk will take place in the Community Meeting Room at the Ilsley Public Library. Following the talk, the audience is invited to visit the Sheldon Museum and see the train layout in action. There is no charge for the talk at the Ilsley. The Sheldon Museum portion of the program is by donation to support the train exhibit.