Program on railroad history planned at Vincent House

Denny Rehder will present “Grass Between the Rails,” a program on Iowa railroad history, at 2 p.m. April 6 at the Vincent House, 824 Third Ave. S.

The performance is free and open to the public.

Rehder, of Windsor Heights, has combined his lifelong interest in music with his affection for Iowa to celebrate the state’s railroad heritage in poems and original folk songs.

His songs cover the gamut of railroad history from the race for Council Bluffs to the Burlington Zephyr.

His music also highlights Iowa’s best known railroad hero and a one-elephant circus traveling through, as well as the worst train wreck in state history.

Rehder created his program as an official Iowa Sesquicentennial event in 1996 and this appearance in Fort Dodge will be his 88th performance.

His shows around the state have been sponsored by the Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Rehder has been involved in the publication of multiple history books about Iowa.

His books include “Grass Between the Rails,” a history of the Waukon branch of the Milwaukee Road, and “The Shampoo King,” the history of the F.W. Fitch Co. and the famous Fitch Bandwagon radio show.

Now retired, he has been a professional writer and photographer for more than 50 years.