Saturday, February 09, 2008

Phineas P. Gage, the Railroad Worker and the Person

On Tuesday, February 12 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Tom Sabo will present a program on the history, environment & conditions of the 1848 railroad worker. Phineas Gage was born July 9, 1823 in Lebanon, New Hampshire and was a railroad worker in Cavendish, VT, when an accident happened causing a tamping iron to be blown through Gage's head. After passing through Gage's head, the iron landed almost 30 yards behind him. This was the landmark case for traumatic brain injury.

The program will include railroad history, railroad contract workers, tools, black powder, blasting, location site, accident cause, symptoms/behaviors, support groups and consequences then and today. On display now through March 1 in the Flinn Room: Phineas Gage artifact photos, photos of the 150th Anniversary Festival 1998, and a tamping iron replica.

As an introduction to the program, at 6:30 pm Tom will play classical guitar music and railroad music. Join us for a very interesting and entertaining evening!