Mission

The Lexington Group, Inc., an educational organization, seeks to promote a dialogue on railroad and transportation history and practice among academicians, practitioners, and others who have a serious interest in the history and tradition of transportation.

About our organization

The Lexington Group began in 1942 at the annual meeting of the Mississippi Valley Historical Association (now known as the Organization of American Historians), held that year in Lexington, Kentucky. Nine attendees discovered that they shared an interest in transportation and transportation history. Since then, the Lexington Group has increased its membership to more than five hundred individuals in academia and industry. In 1997 the Lexington Group was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization.

What we do

Annual Meeting

Each fall the Lexington Group hosts a three-day meeting where members present papers, tour transportation facilities, and discuss transportation issues in a contemporary and historical context. The annual meeting offers members an opportunity to form professional networks while exchanging ideas about transportation history and current practice.

Quarterly journal

Members of the Lexington Group receive the Lexington Quarterly which, among other items, contains notices of publications by Lexingtonians and reviews of recently published books on transportation and transportation history.

Support for research

The Lexington Group funds the Overton Research Fellowship in Transportation History, named in honor of Richard C. Overton, a noted railroad historian who was a founding member of our organization. Grants range from $1500 to $2500, in order to support research in transportation history, conducted at libraries and archives.


 

Latest News

September 1, 2021

A full (near-final) agenda and other information regarding the 2021 annual meeting is now available in the "members only" area.

July 7, 2021

A full (preliminary) agenda and other information regarding the 2021 annual meeting is now available in the "members only" area.

May 17, 2021

the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year. Click here for more details.

March 7, 2021

Information about the 2021 annual meeting is now available in the "members only" area.

January 16, 2021

Informaton on applying for the 2021 Overton Award is now available.

December 23, 2020

J. Stanley Rhine Obituary

September 13, 2020

Message to the membership posted in the "members only" area.

May 31, 2020

The 2020 Annual Meeting of the Lexington Group has been postponed. See details in the "members only" area.

May 22, 2020

Peter A. Hansen Obituary

November 18, 2019

Initial information about the 2020 annual meeting of the Lexington Group in Portland, ME is available in the "members only" area.

October 20, 2019

The agenda for the 2019 annual meeting is available in the "members only" area!

July 23, 2019

A tentative agenda for the 2019 annual meeting of the Lexington Group is available in the "members only" area!

March 20, 2019

Initial information about the 2019 annual meeting of the Lexington Group is available in the "members only" area!

February 12, 2019

Make a donation to the Overton Fund and have it matched through March 31, 2019

October 20, 2018

Revised but still tentative agenda for 2018 annual meeting available in the Members area.

October 16, 2018

Additional issues of the Lexington Quarterly back to January 2005 are available to members.

September 19, 2018

Issues of the Lexington Quarterly back to January 2010 are available to members.