The Board of Directors of the South Dakota State Railroad Museum in Hill City is thrilled to announce its Founders’ Club campaign.
The goals of this campaign are twofold. The non-profit Museum’s 10-member Board from across the state and membership are announcing the Museum’s 2011 Founders’ Club campaign, a one time, six-week effort to raise $150,000 for projects that will allow the expansion and educational programming for the Museum including planned traveling exhibits that will appear at schools and community events, new interactive displays inside the Museum, library and research enhancements, promotion of the Museum, and other statewide outreach initiatives. Donors to the Founders’ Club will be recognized with their names, corporate names, names in memorial, or names “in honor of” designations placed on the Museum’s website, as well on a permanent display inside the Museum.
Secondly, according to SDSRM Board president James Grimes of Custer, “We want to encourage kids, well, kids from 1 to 101, that have not visited the new facility in Hill City since its opening last May to stop in and learn about railroading and history in South Dakota, but also to enjoy the facility – to have fun.”
Rick Mills, the Museum’s Executive Director said, “We see that after the Museum’s attendance in 2010 that this facility is a necessity in South Dakota. It complements educational activities throughout the year for our students, residents, and visitors alike, while promoting family togetherness and educational opportunities in cooperation with the venerable 1880 TRAIN and other learning facilities and museums in Hill City and across the state. People, Places, and Trains is our motto, and those four words define our mission and facility quite nicely.”
But, as Board member Ann McKay-Thompson of Sioux Falls added, “A great vision, a common goal, and hard work are all important in the creation of a Museum, but without financial support and the public’s input that important legacy to the railroaders, their families, and what the railroads helped to develop in South Dakota just won’t happen – it is like putting down the rails and ties but then not having the train to run on track.”
Individuals and businesses interested in becoming a Founder for the SDSRM may call 574-9000 or 605-877-6629 for information on the Founders’ Campaign, as well as for the dates and hours of operation.