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Sunday, April 26th, 2009 at the Baraboo Arts Banquet Hall, Lake States will host its second annual banquet and meeting. The doors to exhibits in the banquet hall will open at 10:00 AM, followed by the luncheon buffet starting at noon. Historical exhibits on view will include intriguing artifacts, photographs and drawings relevant to the topic of the day as well as a unique steam-era model railway display.

This year's program will focus on the historical presence in the Baraboo area of the Chicago & North Western Railway during the steam era, which began in 1871 and extended into 1956. Special attention will be given to the extensive early rail infrastructures and facilities in Baraboo and the surrounding area. Also addressed will be the mutual importance to one another of railway, community and economic development and the people of the region.

Following the luncheon, Lake States Treasurer Ken Breher, serving as Master of Ceremonies, will introduce President Dick Goddard who will deliver a brief State-of-the-Association report to the attendees. Immediately thereafter our featured speaker will be introduced. Baraboo historian and author Mr. Mark Carlson will present an informative program entitled "The Chicago & North Western Railway: The Steam Era in the Baraboo River Valley". A discussion period will follow Mr. Carlson's presentation.

The menu for the luncheon will include Hickory Barbeque Pork Loin, Baked Chicken, Parsley Buttered Potatoes, Glazed Carrots, Tossed Green Salad with choice of dressing, Pasta Salad, Dinner Rolls, Coffee and Milk. To top it all off, a tasty Chocolate Brownie -- Ice Cream dessert!

Banquet reservations are priced at $25.00 per person, $22.50 each in lots of two or more, and are available by mailing a check or money order to: Lake States Railway Historical Assoc., 319 Water St., Suite 800, Baraboo, WI 53913 by April 18th. Your banquet tickets will be waiting for you upon arrival at the banquet. The Baraboo Arts building is located at 323 Water St. in Baraboo, just west of the Circus World Museum main building. For additional information phone (608) 356-5555 or (608) 522-3331. If no answer, please leave your name and phone number, a volunteer will return your call promptly. A limited number of last-minute reservations may be available.

Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 26th -- Lake States will make this a most interesting, enjoyable and informational day for all our guests.