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Meeting History: Mary Walton & Marshall Mabey
Friday, January 26 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pmFREE with Museum Admission
On select dates, the New York Transit Museum invites you to come face-to-face with some “movers and shakers” from transit history! Hear their tales, ask questions and be inspired and surprised by your unforgettable interactions with the historical figures who wander our platform.
On January 26th, Meet Mary Walton, a citizen-scientist who raced (and beat!) Thomas Edison to discovering the solution to the noise-pollution problem that plagued New York City’s elevated railroads. Learn about life in the 1800s and discover how she accomplished this scientific feat, leading to her very own groundbreaking patent which changed the soundscape of Victorian NYC.
Visitors will also be able to meet Marshall Mabey, a “sandhog” working on the construction of New York City’s Montague Tunnel, who, in February 1916, miraculously survived a blowout after being shot up through the riverbed and over the East River. Learn about how the tunnels under New York were constructed and relive the adventure—and danger—of working as a sandhog as Marshall weaves the tale of his harrowing experience.