“Mark your memory of tired empty faces”: Doing History from the Bottom-up with the Down and Out
Dr. Nathan Tye
Assistant Professor of History
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
7pm – Main Floor, C.T. Ryan Library
FREE and open to the public
Hobos, tramps and bums – men and women who hopped trains and lived on the road from the 1870s to 1930s – are notoriously difficult to pin down, as railroad police officers and the historians that followed can attest. Records are scant and fragmentary. Letters or diaries are few and far between. How then do historians study this marginalized community? Dr. Nathan Tye will discuss his research and methods and share rare and one-of-a-kind material from his private collection of hobo letters, diaries, and newspapers.