The Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center will host a presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at the Margaret Chase Smith Library, 56 Norridgewock Ave., that will explore what it was like in Skowhegan at or around 1885 and the role the railroad played.

Speaker Melvin Burnham will use enhanced images and period documents to reveal how small business and industry depended on the rail system for transporting raw materials, goods and manufactured products throughout the country. He will talk about how folks relied on the system for transportation to and from and how the railroad helped the town to establish itself as a vital, spirited and industrial Maine community.

Refreshments will be offered and the program is free to the public.

For more information, call 474-6632.