BIG RAPIDS -- The Reed City Depot was buzzing Saturday as area residents learned a piece of the city's history during Railroad Day.

A part of the Smithsonian Exhibit brought to town by the Reed City Area District Library, posters, photos and hands-on educational pieces had guests in awe as they learned about the busy town Reed City was during its railroad days.

"The exhibit started on Feb. 1, that was our grand opening," Reed City Mayor Pro-Tem Dan Burchett said. "Our final day will be Friday the 13th of this month."

While there were many exhibits which filled the depot during the past month, Burchett said his favorite part of Saturday's event was the history setup provided by Sean Atteberry, a retired conductor and locomotive engineer.

"The Smithsonian itself is overwhelming by all means just by reading everything that's been done in the past in how they did things, but with Sean's stuff -- what's so amazing about it -- is it's literally history of Reed City," Burchett said. "Every picture you see is, for the most part, in Reed City somewhere, and you can collaborate some of the pictures that are on our walls here at the depot to some of the stuff he has."

Along with the educational videos and displays brought by the Smithsonian Exhibit, Atteberry brought his own pieces from his time on the railroad. Items included old photos, train tickets and more.

"I originally hired on the railroad in 1988, and I retired in 2013," Atteberry said. "Reed City was a very busy point for railroading at one time. At one time there was close to … 16 trains a day through the C&O alone."

As the turnout for Saturday's event continued to increase, Lyndsey Eccles-Burchett, President of the Reed City Area District Library Board of Trustees, is glad to be a part of educating the community on an important piece of history the city holds.

"We're just happy the community's come together to welcome this and embrace it," she said.

This is the first time the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit has come to Reed City, according to Dan Burchett.

Though the exhibit may be ending, residents still have the opportunity to check out one more weekend of activities.

"This next weekend is going to be our last weekend, and they're more than welcome to get on the Reed City Area's District Library website. They have a ton of information for everyone," Burchett said. "There's still brochures hanging around town. Come out and get in the last week."

For more information on upcoming events, visit reedcitylibrary.org.