As we raise 1.5 million dollars to execute the continued Campaign of Revitalization and Restoration, we will carefully preserve the historical portrayal of the railroad while deepening the connection to the cultures involved in the formation of the western railroads.
All Big Day of Giving donations will help continue to support the new and evolving STEAM Alive, Powered by You exhibit, that provides children of all ages an engaging, hands-on play experience with imaginative and innovative exhibits and programs. Additionally, your generosity will allow us to create these exciting and compelling new spaces in the museum:
• Permanent Exhibits for Latinx, Native American and Black workers and their involvement in the railroads
• The renovation of the California State Railroad Museum's main lobby to enhance the visitors experience
• A new interpretive program in the Central Pacific Passenger Station
The California State Railroad Museum seeks to be of, for and about community and these new assets will support our goal of Honoring the Past and Inspiring the Future. Expanding the relevance of the museum experience with exciting and interactive, new exhibits that will provide a deeper understanding and connection to the railroad stories that shaped our lives.
The California State Railroad Foundation supports numerous ongoing programs at the California State Railroad Museum and Railtown 1897, including but not limited to: educational school programs, excursion train rides, management of an extensive membership program, and special events. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our educational department is creating virtual education or distance learning programs for classrooms to experience. Teachers and students alike are receiving them well.
All donations will be used to re-envision, update, and restore exhibits, engines, and cars. As well as funding ongoing maintenance of locomotives, cars, and tracks. With these donations we can develop a plan to move and store the museum's extensive archives and collections in an environment with the capacity to store and preserve recorded archives.
Both the California State Railroad Museum and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park rely heavily on volunteers. Volunteers are essential to keeping the visitors engaged and informed about history. They are needed at all levels of operation, their tasks and projects range from greeting and engaging with visitors in the museum, restoring and maintaining train equipment and tracks, and assisting in the operations of special events such as THE POLAR EXPRESS™ and regular train rides. In order to maximize our volunteer outreach, we will implement a strategy that includes printed material, social media campaigns, paid social ads, and an alteration to the current volunteer training program.
The core of both of our destinations is formed by preserving and sharing the history of western railroading. The donation of artifacts, individual's expertise, and interest to connect visitors to these destinations have been leading the success of these destinations over the years. The California State Railroad Museum and Railtown 1897 continue to accept donation inquiries to their archives and collections and hope to reach out and connect with more groups interested in preserving and sharing railroad history.