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 Wilton semaphore, to be used as an operators shed for the exhibit. My goal is to make the semaphore operational and interactive for the public.I would like to thank Jay Merrick from Danbury for this donation and for delivering it to us by truck on January 15th. We will pour sonitube footings and slightly modify the structure to meet our needs to make the semaphore workable this coming spring.

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.