From AAM: Due to high volume, Museums Advocacy Day registration will close January 23
Museums Advocacy Day is February 27 and 28, 2017. As in years past, HeritageRail Alliance (formerly known as ATRRM) is offering grants to members interested in attending Museums Advocacy Day. Please contact Lynette Rickman before the end of the week if you are interested in attending. Click here to download your travel grant application. E-mail Lynette Rickman, Executive Director.
From G. Mark Ray, President:
Earlier this year, the board of directors agreed to move forward with a strategy to develop a new identity and brand for the Association. This is part of a strategy to improve our brand awareness and, coupled with a new website, increase the visibility of the Association and its members to the public. While a member of the Association may be a trolley museum, an operating historic railroad, or a museum of static displays, we are all about preserving our HERITAGE. And common with all of us is a single item - RAIL. Rail is the thread that binds all of our diverse interests together. Finally, we're also a group of organizations that have come together for our mutual benefit. That, my friends, is an ALLIANCE. I am very pleased to announce that we will now be known as the HeritageRail Alliance with a tagline of "All the Bells & Whistles." To go with the new HeritageRail brand, the Alliance is launching a new website in early 2017. This new website will be a dramatic departure from our current website as the focus will shift from internal to external. This means that our members (both institutional and commercial) will have an additional marketing tool to attract visitors, donations, and support. Among the new features included in the new website are:
- *Improved* Search Function
- *New* Event Planner and Calendar
- *New* Photo Gallery
- *New* Conference Registration
- *New* Document Management System (for our Technical Library)
- *New* Advertising Package (for our commercial members and advertisers)
- *New* Member Directory Package
The member directory package contains the most new benefits to members of the Alliance. Included in this package, are the following features:
- Member profiles with logos, pictures, map, social media links and more.
- Search directory by geographic area
- Search directory by labels/categories
- Interactive map view for directory
- Generate leads with user recommendations
- Member slideshow widget
- Collect donations for general funding or a specific project
- And more!
Look for more exciting news as we move forward with the rebranding effort.
Fall 2016: Conference Presentations are Now Available for Download!
Here are just a few of the presentations from the 2016 Fall Conference in Savannah, Georgia. Members, to access additional presentations, including presentations from prior conferences, click on "Resources," select "Conference Presentations" and scroll down to open the link of your choosing
Did you know....
Railways played a key role in the development of communities across the United States and Canada and throughout the world. Railway museums and tourist railroads interpret this exciting and pivotal history, and provide an opportunity for the public to experience rail travel as it once was.
We invite you to explore our website and learn about the history of railways by seeing trains and trolleys restored to their original appearance and the infrastructure that was vital to the success of the railroads and street car operations. Learn what it was like to sleep on a Pullman car and eat breakfast in the dining car. See how important the mail car was to the distribution of mail across the continent. Take a scenic ride on an old narrow gauge railroad or an urban ride on a restored trolley.
HeritageRail Alliance (formerly known as ATRRM) fosters the development and operation of these unique preservation efforts through education, research, and the free exchange of information among members. Railway museums and tourist railroads are invited to join HeritageRail, a dynamic organization dedicated to the success of its members, the protection of railway preservation efforts, and the enjoyment and education of the public
HeritageRail Online ("The Magazine")
The Magazine, HeritageRail's open access digital magazine, is now LIVE and ready for postings and comments! To share a story or restoration project, e-mail Aaron Isaacs, Editor, at email@example.com. HeritageRail welcomes member and non-member contributions (but you must be a HeritageRail member to submit comments to postings). To view The Magazine, click on "HeritageRail Online" in the menu box above.
Recommended Practices for Railway Museums, as adopted by the Association of Railway Museums in 1997, is a great resource for Railway Museums. We are pleased to make this collection of practices available to everyone.
Click here to open the pdf file: Recommended Practices for Railway Museums
An updated edition of Recommended Practices for Railway Museums is in production. The new edition will cover many topics that were not issues some 25 years ago, including the Internet, social media and child labor.
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