Hobo Codes
Dates: May 1, 2013 - September 7, 2013

A traveling exhibit of poetry and artwork based on hobo codes and communication, designed by Anastasia Clark, Poet-in-Residence at Broward County, Florida. The exhibit illuminates a little-known aspect of hobo life and its connection to North America’s railways, as well as its impact in B.C. “Hobos” or unemployed men who rode trains to find work were common in the United States and Canada starting in the late 1800s. The tradition of riding the rails illegally lasted throughout the Depression and well into the 1950s. Most people have seen hobos portrayed in movies or TV, but did you know that hobos had their own language to tell each other where to find food or shelter as they traveled? Visit us in May and learn more about this interesting piece of rail history.