Presidentís Report - February 2005
By Ira Pollack, President
The winter months give us a chance to
plan our projects for the spring and summer seasons. Much of the activity is
indoors, but we continue to acquire new equipment and displays. We received a 4x6
shed type building to be placed at the
I am also very proud to announce that the DRM has received a Meserve Memorial Fund Grant for $4500, to be used for interactive displays in the building and in the yard. These funds will support the budgets for these, and our new exhibits at the Museum. I would like to thank our grant writing committee for pursuing, and gaining this grant.
We also are in the process of building a console to house a new computer-generated display showing the DRM history of moving rail equipment by highway vehicles. This is an excellent way of encapsulating and consolidating the many photographs we have on this subject. I also would like to see and use other subjects using this medium in the future. We can scan our ever-growing railroad artifact collection, then use this method to show it to the public.
We must continue to expand and grow as a Museum. I have mentioned the word interactive quite a few times in this letter. I feel that this is the course we must follow to enhance the participation and education of our guests. I truly feel that their experience must be both graphic and visual. They will be able to get a hands-on experience through these means. I am excited by the imminent development of these new projects.
This past month our faithful, long-time volunteer, Ken Lee, passed away. He helped at the front desk and always had good things to say to people. We will miss him greatly. I want to extend my condolences to his family
Spring will be coming, with warmer weather. I look forward to seeing all our volunteers again on Saturdays to work on our planned projects.