I Hear My Train Callin’: A Document of the Contemporary American Hobo

Date(s) - Nov 7 - Dec 5
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Avila University - Thornhill Gallery

Opening Reception: November 7th, 2019
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Runs: November 7th – December 5th

Description: Since 1900 hobos have gathered once a year in the small town of Britt, Iowa. Over the decades the National Hobo Convention has evolved into a family friendly event complete with street carnival and parade, but outside of town, just off of the main street and next to the railroad tracks, there is a place referred to as the hobo “Jungle,” where the images in this exhibition were taken.

This exhibition is the result of a 2 year, collaborative effort by students and faculty from Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, NE. With each tintype on view there were two taken, one for the photographer and the other for the sitter. The cost? They had to share a story about their time riding the rails. The stories collected are displayed along with the tintypes. The exhibition also includes gelatin silver prints, Fuji Instax prints, and digital prints.




10 AM – 3 PM

Monday – Thursday

and by appointment

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11901 Wornall Rd
Kansas City, MO 64145

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Avila University - Thornhill Gallery