We are pleased to announce the following 13 grants totaling $29,000 were awarded at our May 6th, 2017 quarterly board meeting. Since 2013, the Foundation has awarded 204 grants totaling $635,416.00. Our next board meeting is planned for early August, date to be announced. Congratulations to all recipient organizations!
Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, Inc., Ft. Wayne, IN $ 1,000
This 45-year-old group requested funding to develop version 2.0 of a smartphone application that enable users to track the location of their signature steam locomotive, the 1944 2-8-4 Berkshire-type, Lima Locomotive Works-built, #765 “Nickel Plate Road.” Initially developed in 2012 and released in 2013, the current app includes a tracking function, an app-friendly version of their website and various social media feeds. Version 2.0 will improve the user interface, improve tracking and data transmission, create a live audio feed, permit users to download and access information about the day’s excursion, and allow passengers to upload their photos. Their excursion train carries over 4,000 passengers a year. FWRHA is dedicated to preserving, displaying, and operating historical railroad equipment relevant to the steam era in the Midwest. http://fortwaynerailroad.org/
Collinwood High School Alumni Association, Thompson, OH $ 2,000
This group is in the midst of a three-phase restoration of their #999 Collinwood replica train. The Tom E. Dailey Foundation partially funded Phase 1 of their project. Phase 2 includes safety cameras, dome rotating light, brake pedal modifications, steering wheel modifications, and a flip-up windshield. All work will be done by volunteers. TEDF was asked to fund the parts. To briefly recap the history of the replica locomotive, in 1930 a group of Collinwood Yard workers (Collinwood Yard was the main switching yard for the New York Central Railroad) in secret built an exact replica of the legendary #999, which set the then steam locomotive speed record of 112 mph The replica train moved among various owners and CHSAA acquired it in January 2016. Many of the high school’s past and present students are closely tied to the former Collinwood Yards workers and its history. https://chsalumniassociation.wordpress.com/
Keokuk Union Depot Foundation, Keokuk, IA $ 1,000
KUDF asked for partial funding of Phase III of the roof restoration on their depot. Phase I (2015) repaired the chimney and eaves; Phase II (2016) restored the central tower, dormers and turrets, replaced clay tiles and ridge hips. Phase III will involve deconstruction, structural support, and re-tiling of the roof. The cost is estimated at $550,000 of which they have raised $384,000 to-date. The City of Keokuk, Iowa purchased the depot in 2011 and formed KUDF as the fundraising vehicle for restoration of the depot. Since June 2014, they have rebuilt the central tower, which was lost to fire, and replaced the decorative copper finials. When finished, the depot should be almost exactly as it was when built in 1891. The interior has been restored and is used almost every weekend as a community center. Through all three phases of the restoration, KUDF has raised nearly $1.1 million. http://keokukuniondepot.org/
Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum, Inc., Judson, IN $ 1,000
HVRM asked for partial funding to reconstruct the wooden passenger boarding platform at their depot in North Judson, Indiana. Their depot/museum is not a restoration, but rather a historically-accurate replica, built in 1999, of an 1892 C&O Railway standard #1 depot design. The building is the focal point for visitors to the museum and serves as the boarding point for HVRM excursion trains. The boarding platform is a wooden deck 12’ x 100’. Since the depot’s construction 19 years ago, the depot platform is badly in need of replacement. Volunteers at HVRM will provide all the labor, and a local community foundation has donated $1,000 toward materials (deck boards and fastenings). They anticipate the removal and replacement of the platform to be a one-month project. The group began in 1988. Over the years, they have built the depot and obtained—and now maintain—33 miles of former C&O Railway track, on which they operate their excursion trains. The excursions are open to the public, usually on Saturdays. They operate special Boys & Girls Scouts “rails and trails” days, Fall Harvest Trains, Pumpkin Trains, etc. http://www.hoosiervalley.org/
After-School All-Stars Ohio, Columbus, OH $ 2,500
They requested partial funding to support their one-week “mock” college application preparation camp for about 75 6th-8th grade students in the Columbus, Toledo, and Cleveland areas. The one-week activity is called “CampUs.” It is held on the campus of Ohio State University where participants live in the dorms. It is a component of their We Are Ready program. During the week participants meet with college admissions counselors, learn about financial aid options, attend career planning and resume writing seminars, perform mock interviews and write mock college applications. CampUs fuels students’ passions and makes the “college dream” attainable for them. And students gain the resources and knowledge to be successful in their completion of high school. ASAS Ohio serves 850 students in 10 schools across Columbus, Toledo, and Cleveland. http://asasohio.org/
Northwestern Pacific RR Historical Society, Santa Rosa, CA $ 2,000
This 33-year old organization requested funding to lease a HP DesignJet 4500 42-inch-wide scanner for seven months to scan 6,900 oversize documents in their collection. Most of the documents are in their Hogarty Library collection of rare maps and drawings. The cost includes two 8TB portable external hard drives. They hope to begin the project on May 1st. The group was formed in 1983 to preserve the railroad heritage of the Redwood Empire—northern coastal California. The area was served by the Northwestern Pacific Railroad from its inception in 1907 until it was shut down in 1999. Their library contains more than 22,300 items consisting of books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, movies, videos and artifacts. The library is open to the public. They have also restored several rail cars. They have over 500 members. http://nwprrhs.org/
Dukati and Biseri Folklore Ensemble, Chicago, IL $ 1,500
The group requested funding to repair and restore the ensemble’s wooden rehearsal dance floor. In 2012, they installed laminate flooring as a cost-effective way to cover the old, threadbare carpet underneath. Unfortunately, laminate flooring is not suitable for heavy traffic, constant movement and frequent impacts. The laminate is now splitting and curling. They need to install an engineered hardwood floor in the rehearsal studio (23’ x 48’, 1100 sq. ft.). They found professional construction contractors who will donate the labor needed to install a new floor. They asked the Tom E. Dailey Foundation to help with the materials. The floor will be used by dancers, singers and musicians, though dancers would be the main beneficiaries. The group teaches and performs Serbian and Macedonian folk dance. Their first performance was at the University of Chicago in March 2010. http://www.dukatibiseri.com/
Local Matters, Columbus, OH $ 3,000
Local Matters again requested funding for their summer Food Matters program—a program that works to prevent childhood obesity, diabetes and diet-related disease by setting children up for a lifetime of healthy habits. This summer, Local Matters is partnering with St. Vincent Family Center Therapeutic Preschool and Linden Park Early Learning Center. They educate preschool and elementary school children on four main themes: creative play, healthy food, literacy, and a caring environment. A grant from the Tom E. Dailey Foundation will help pay for staff and interns for the garden program. Local Matters began in 2005. In addition to the Food Matters garden program, they also offer Cooking Matters, Growing Matters, and Wellness Matters. In 2016, they reached over 11,000 children, adults and families with healthful food education. http://www.local-matters.org/
Ohioana Library Association, Columbus, OH $ 2,500
The Ohioana Book Festival was created in 2007 to celebrate Ohio writers and literature. The festival, which is free and open to the public, brings authors, readers and the community at large together in Columbus. The 12th annual festival is set for Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Columbus. Nearly 120 Ohio authors, poets, and illustrators will participate in the event. More than 3,000 people typically attend. The group was created in 1929. Their vision statement is to be “the literary capital of Ohio.” Their collection includes more than 75,000 items. They produce a quarterly newsletter and produce several public programs. http://www.ohioana.org/
Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, Columbus, OH $ 4,000
CAPA requested funding for two showings of Harold Lloyd’s THE FRESHMAN (1925) with special reminiscences by this granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd. This will be the premiere of this iconic silent film that has been preserved in the National Film Registry in the Library of Congress. The showings will feature live accompaniment by Clark Wilson on the Ohio Theatre’s “Mighty Morton” theatre organ. Following the film will be a Q&A with Suzanne Lloyd and will include special home movies of her famous grandfather. The showings will be on July 20 and 21, 2017. CAPA was formed in 1969 and has become a leader in the Columbus arts community. They currently own or manage ten theatres in Central Ohio. Last year CAPA welcomed over 400,000 attendees to its various presentations and events. http://www.capa.com/
Sharing Notes, Chicago, IL $ 1,000
This group requested support for musical performances to patients at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago. Many of the patients at Bluhm are waiting for transplants. Activities that reduce stress and provide distraction are especially needed at this time. A study in the Journal of Advanced Nursing found that listening to music can reduce chronic pain up to 21%, and reduce depression by up to 25%. The musicians are all volunteers and perform on alternating Saturday evenings. The performances are relaxing 90-minute events for Bluhm inpatients. The music can include classical, jazz, Irish folk, and pop music. The Sharing Notes staff coordinates closely with hospital social workers and chaplains. The group began in 2012. Since then, volunteer musicians have given over 290 performances for approximately 3,500 hospital patients. http://www.sharing-notes.org/
Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers, Pipestone, MN $ 2,500
This group requested funding for Phase-1 of the restoration of the 1890 Burlington Cedar Rapids and Northern Rock Island Railway depot in Pipestone, MN. Specifically, the funds will be used for tuckpointing, stabilization and replacement of deteriorating bricks in the structural walls. Phases-2 and -3 will focus on the roof and rotting windows and doors. The depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is near the National Pipestone Quarries Monument. The station is the last remaining depot from four lines that were central to the development of the town, with special historic value to the local people, visitors, and railroad buffs. The KSTP organization is housed within the depot. The group was formed in 1996 and protects and keeps alive the arts and traditions of Native Americans. Over half the members are tribal members from 35+ different tribes. http://www.pipekeepers.org/
Central Community House, Columbus, OH $ 5,000
This group, which supports the near east and near south neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio, requested funds for operational support to their “Community’s Promise” afterschool program. The program provides daily, culturally relevant mentorship and activities, Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m. The program also includes a meal provided by Children’s Hunger Alliance. The group formed in 1936. They exist to “alleviate the human suffering that comes from being born into generational poverty and living in a challenged neighborhood.” They serve over 4,000 individuals yearly through a variety of programs including: basic/emergency needs, early education, youth/teen development, family strengthening, seniors, workforce development, community organizing, neighborhood development, afterschool/summer enrichment programs, tutoring, job placement, crisis needs assistance, child care, and more. http://cchouse.org/
GRANT AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS – February 4. 2017
8 grant awards totaling $32,500.00 were approved at the February 4, 2017 Board of Directors meeting. The next Board meeting is scheduled for May 6, 2017. Applications are due by April 21. The Foundation has awarded 191 grants totaling $606,416.00 since its creation in 2013.
The Columbus International Program, Columbus, OH $ 3,000
In this “Disadvantaged Youth” application, the group requested funding to support a refugee railroad garden program. Since 2003, 10,321 refugees have been resettled in Franklin County, many of whom are children coping with early childhood trauma. CIP’s new program recognizes the therapeutic power of gardening and the joy that comes from working with model trains. Their refugee youth will be exposed to garden railroading through hands-on experience. They will assist a minimum of twelve families of the Columbus Garden Railway Society. Together they will prepare and maintain garden railroads. This will be a great help to members of the Society, many of whom are older and have physical limitations. Partnering organizations include US Together, Community Refugee and Immigration Services, and the Columbus Garden Railway Society. The program started in March 2016 and will continue through September 2017. CIP is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting international understanding through intercultural exchange.
This 54-year-old museum group asked for funding to rebuild the trucks on streetcar #1239, built in 1907 by the Twin City Rapid Transit Company. The car was converted to a cabin following the end of streetcar service in 1954. Their museum restored it back to service, but the trucks under the car were last overhauled in 1980. Since then, the car has been heavily used in museum service and the trucks are overdue for a major overhaul. The work—rewinding the motors, rebuilding the brake linkage, reprofiling the wheels, etc.—is expected to cost over $150,000. They hoped to secure enough money to begin work in September 2017. The museum has fully restored six streetcars with two others in-progress. In addition to the museum, they constructed two 1.5-mile tracks and operate two lines for the public from May to November. Annual ridership is 35,000. They publish a quarterly magazine (since 1985) and have published five books. They have 300 members.
Franklin County Historical Society (COSI), Columbus, OH $ 7,500
In this “Disadvantaged Youth” application, the group requested funding for scholarship support to COSI Academy, the group’s hallmark career exploration program that exposes high school students to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career opportunities. They note they are undergoing a major restructuring of the program in three ways: reducing the number of sessions, adding more depth in fewer content areas, and substantially expanding the number of participants. Briefly, COSI has three programs consisting of three Saturday sessions each over three months. Each of the programs is provided twice a year. As part of the restructuring, they will expand the number of students from about 30 to 240—six times the number of students in previous years. They will continue to increase diversity among participants (last year’s class of 39 had 30 females—their diversity goal) and remove financial barriers by providing scholarships. Most of the participants come from Hamilton Township with 69% economically disadvantaged. 85% receive financial aid.
This request related to the completion of their museum exhibit headquarters this year. Specifically, they will need to properly clean, organize and store the artifacts that will be taken off display. Using two museum specialists, they will prepare the artifacts for the proper environment, log the artifacts in their tracking software, and place the items in archival-grade boxes to properly house the collection. The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum maintains the railroad history of Bradford, Darke, and Miami counties in Ohio. It is the only railroad museum in the area preserving this history. Over the 130-year history of the area, the major railroads were the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Penn Central, and Conrail. The group has been around for 15 years.
This was a Parks & Gardens application from a small group located on the eastern edge of Ohio, just north of I-70. This 60-year-old group owns and maintains fives historical buildings in the village to preserve and promote the history of Mt. Pleasant. One of their buildings is known as the “Elizabeth House.” They requested funding to landscape the courtyard of the 1839 Elizabeth House to improve its usability and facilitate handicap access. Last year more than 400 visitors enjoyed its gardens. They hope to begin work in March. A diagram of their proposed work in the courtyard was provided. Mt. Pleasant is a community of less than 500 people, most of whom live close to the poverty line due to closure of the coal mines and steel mills in the area. The society tries to bring a sense of community history and pride, and what little passes for green spaces in the area.
Ohio History Connection, Columbus, OH $ 10,000
This was a Parks & Gardens application. This group requested funding to support inclusion of its two ancient American Indian earthworks on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. This distinction would underscore the cultural significance of the sites. The nomination document to UNESCO must justify the universal cultural value of these sites intrinsically and in comparison to similar sites, and outline a comprehensive plan for their management. It is believed that World Heritage designation, together with marketing by the Ohio History Connection, should increase local tourism by about 200,000 per year. The project will serve the citizens of Ohio as well as visitors from around the world. Ohio schoolchildren will be introduced to these Ohio cultural treasures in a whole new context of international significance. The Ohio History Connection had nearly 425,000 visitors statewide at their network of 58 historic sites and museums. They also logged more than 2.7 million visits to their web sites.
CircEsteem trains youth for high-performance circus teams. The Tom E. Dailey Foundation has previously funded scholarships to their Advanced Performance Troupe. Attendance at performances and workshops last year exceeded 10,000. As part of community outreach, CircEsteem plans to take four of its oldest, most experienced teens (grades 9-12) and offer after-school circus arts classes, free of charge, at Swift Elementary School for its students. Swift has a diverse student body 22% Asian, 27% Black, 32% Hispanic, 15% White), 82% of whom are below the poverty level. These children would never be able to afford after-school arts programs. These four teenagers, and a volunteer supervising adult instructor, will work with 75 children throughout the school year to help the children develop self-esteem through circus arts. The program will begin in April. Their mission is to unite youth from diverse racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds and help them build self-esteem and mutual respect through the practice and performance of circus arts. Since 2008, CircEsteem graduates have earned more than $500,000 in college scholarships, and CircEsteem graduates have had a 100% high school graduation rate—unusual given the demographics of their students.
Chicago Lights - Fourth Presbyterian Church $ 2,500
This application was submitted under the Parks & Gardens category. They requested funding to support their Chicago Lights Urban Farm program. Located on the former site of the Cabrini-Green public housing complex, this three-quarter acre farm produces about 4,100 pounds and 54 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The farm provides a hands-on learning experience to adolescents and access to fresh, local, and sustainably-grown produce. Young people participating in the program are from various neighborhoods. 63% are female, 80% African American, 7% Hispanic. Many are from neighborhoods without adequate supportive relationships. Many are struggling to flourish under the stress of poverty and violence and to find mentors or supportive role models. Farm programs teach agriculture as a means of youth development, shaping character even as it helps young people feel a part of a secure community. Chicago Lights has other programs besides the urban farm.
12 grant awards totaling $31,270.00 were approved at the November 5, 2016 Board of Directors meeting. The next Board meeting is scheduled for February 4, 2017. Applications are due by January 16. The Foundation has awarded 183 grants totaling $573,916.00 since its creation in 2013.
National Railroad Museum, Inc., Green Bay, WI $ 3,000
They requested funds for the final stage of restoration of the 1939 Silver Spirit lounge & dining car. From 1940 to 1969, the car was operated by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. It was donated to the group in 1969. The car was in fair condition when donated and has been an important passenger car in the museum’s rolling stock. Phased restoration began in 2009. The final phase is to restore the Silver Spirit to its original and authentic grandeur and functionality. Specifically, TEDF funds will be used for the repair, re-padding, and reupholstering of the 20 original seats located in the lounge observation section of the car. They hope to start work in January. The total project will come in at $15,400. The difference includes donated materials and volunteer time. A photo of the car was provided. The group began in 1956 when community leaders advanced the concept of a national museum dedicated to American railroad history. Last year they had 85,000 visitors.
Galion Depot, Inc., Galion, OH $ 3,000
They were formed in August 2015 as a subunit of the City of Galion, Ohio, to preserve, restore and rehabilitate the Galion Depot, built in 1900, and to instruct the public on local history and the community’s rich railroad and industrial heritage. Prior to 1948, the depot had a 200-foot canopy that extended to the south of the station as a waiting and loading area for passengers (a photo was provided). The canopy was built in a series of 15-foot sections. In 1948, a train crash at the station destroyed the entire canopy. A local boy—and Eagle scout candidate—will do his Eagle Scout capstone project to rebuild the first 15-foot section of the original canopy. The total cost of materials is $5,000. They have raised $2,000 and are asking TEDF to provide the remaining $3,000 so the project can begin in the spring. In addition to the Eagle Scout candidate, other members of Galion Boy Scout Troop 304 will participate as needed.
The Bobby Tripodi Foundation, Columbus, OH $ 1,000
In its 13th year of service to Central Ohio, this Columbus-based group offers bereavement care and grieving support to individuals and families. They requested funds to support their “Grieving Student Outreach Initiative.” The grant would partially fund a dedicated school liaison to the Columbus City School District to market the program, coordinate grief support services, and provide individual counseling and crisis intervention at no cost. Research clearly shows that loss, especially traumatic loss, can debilitate a student’s ability to perform in school—impairing memory and concentration. This group gives students a safe place to grieve, and the support to do so, utilizing traditional and expressive counseling methods and helps students meet with peers sharing similar experiences. They work closely with the Franklin County Coroner’s Office and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Over 40% of the population served fits the Medicaid demographic.
South Side Learning & Development Center, Columbus, OH $ 5,000
Late last year, this group relocated to the former Reeb Elementary School. They are the anchor tenant and reside in the new construction portion of the remodeled facility. Their new building allows space for a playground. Phase 1 of the playground is complete and includes items to aid large- and medium-motor skills, sensory play, creativity, literacy and science. Phase 2, now underway, includes more specialized items including a “Cozy Cocoon” chair and surrounding rubber surface. The chair has special appeal for children with autism spectrum disorder and/or sensory processing disorder. It provides a safe escape when a child gets over-stimulated. The child can escape the hubbub of the playground while still in the midst of the activity. SSL&DC meets the needs of the very poor on the South Side of Columbus, Ohio. Their mission is to provide parents with high quality, affordable care and early learning through educational programming that promotes positive physical, social, emotional, language, literacy, and cognitive development of the whole child.
German Village Society, Columbus, OH $ 2,000
Since 1992, the German Village Society has coordinated tours to their Visitors Center to interpret the history, architecture and culture of the area. Presently, they support 21 field trips to the center yearly. The field trips target third and fourth graders. They would like to expand the number of schools that can participate in the field trips, but due to the poverty profile of close-in schools, subsidies are needed. All schools will be from the Columbus Public Schools system. The society was established in 1960. They strive to enhance the community through the preservation of the structures and landscape within the historic district and through their educational efforts about the area’s significance and culture.
pilotED, Chicago, IL $ 1,000
This Chicago-based NFP focuses their programs toward the violent and economically depressed Englewood neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. They requested operating funds for their pilotPods program. pilotPods is a “guided reading method using competency-based and identity-centered small groups, which integrates technology and culturally relevant reading selections” to lead students to learn reading content, context, and vocabulary. Each pilotPod group consists of no more than six students. Each “pod” of six students works collaboratively using iPads with text and skill-based questions tailored to that group’s reading level. As the group completes a set of questions, they move to another center where they are met with another group of questions on the whole group lesson. A teacher is there as a facilitator while students lead each other through the learning process. The students are elementary-school aged, predominantly Black, and about half reside below the national poverty line. The group was formed in 2013 by three Chicago educators who wanted to improve the success rate of the area’s students through an after-school program centered on academic achievement. In addition to pilotPods, the group also provides workforce training and operates a Civic Engagement program. While results are still early, 98% of students have increased school attendance, there has been an 88% decrease in suspensions and detentions, and the average GPA has increased 0.5 points.
Oregon Electric Railway Historical Society, Inc., Brooks, OR $ 3,500
This group recently learned of the 1912 Oregon Electric Railway locomotive #21 that the Fraser Valley Railway Historical Society in British Columbia must dispose of by February 2017. FVRHS has offered the locomotive to OERHS for $15,000 providing they can move the locomotive to their site in Brooks, Oregon. To relocate the equipment will require crane services at each end ($18,000), truck transportation ($10,000), and stabilization once on-site ($7,000). The total cost is $50,000. They have raised $12,000 to-date. The Oregon Electric Railway was once one of the largest electric railways in the U.S. spanning 122 miles throughout the Willamette Valley. Once “repatriated” back to Oregon, #21 would be located at their museum, located on the grounds of Western Antique Powerland in Brooks, just off Interstate 5 north of Salem. In addition to operating their interpretive museum, this group also operates a 6-mile historic excursion line. They also work with the Maclaren Youth Correctional Facility to provide work experience support for docents, museum operation and administration, marketing, and restoration skills including woodworking, metal working, and painting.
Hall County Historical Society, Grand Island, NE $ 1,000
This group, founded in 1922, operates the former 1911 Burlington-Santa Fe Railroad Station as the home of the historical society and as a for-rent gathering and meeting place. The station was purchased in 1999 and restored and operated through a combination of donations and a commercial loan. The loan is nearly paid off. The group requested funding to purchase upgraded tables and chairs for the depot’s meeting rooms. Room rental is the group’s second greatest source of income after donations. Most rentals are for banquets and events, which require tables and chairs in good condition. The depot is also the home of the Tri-City Model Railroaders Club. The society’s mission is to promote the research, education and preservation of Hall County’s heritage and history. The depot is the focal point for this work. They sponsor speakers monthly on the history of Nebraska. These talks are held at the depot and are free to the public. They have a self-guided tour of local cemeteries and the grave stones of notable local figures. They have also placed 37 historical markers in the area, most of which highlight the Oregon, Mormon, Overland, and Omaha-Ft. Kearney wagon train trails.
This group, in existence 40 years, requested funding to reupholster their 1945 Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Silver Dome railcar #4714. The total project is $17,000 for new fabric, foam filling, and chair mechanism repair for 24 chairs in the dome and 18 in the lower level. There is other restoration work being done on this car using other donations (wall and ceiling work, exterior repainting and replacing dome glass as needed). Recent projects include restoring a Wabash F-7 locomotive, updating their depot and signal tower, restoring two cabooses and a crane car, and they are currently restoring a theatre car. Their museum attendance last year was 7,800. They serve the community of Bellevue, Ohio, local area schools and the local boy scouts.
Lost Boyz, Inc., Chicago, IL $ 2,500
For the past eight years, this group has been engaged in violence prevention through after-school youth development programs that are structured around organized youth baseball in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. Their mission is to decrease violence, improve the social and emotional conditions, and provide financial opportunities among the youth in the community. With baseball training and competitive participation as their core drivers, their mission is achieved through high-intensity mentoring, intervention, and social activities. The program consists of MVP Baseball (January-August) and Winter Clinic (September-December). The program currently has 29 girls and 57 boys. The MVP program has had a positive impact on the development of participants, including improved self-confidence, physical conditioning, social relationships, and academic achievement. An independent evaluation conducted by the University of Chicago showed that, after one year in the MVP program, the average GPA of the children increased by one grade.
Reading Company Technical and Historical Society, Reading, PA $ 1,770
The group requested funding to purchase and install a digital projector, motorized screen, AV cart, a wireless router and a Wi-Fi connection. Their museum is located on the site of a former steel foundry. One of the manufacturing buildings has now been converted into a multipurpose activities building. Funds have been raised to install gas, water, and sewer utilities in the building. They have installed a restroom and are now cleaning and painting all interior surfaces and upgrading all lighting fixtures. The use of this building will reduce the expense of renting off-site meeting rooms for meetings and events and provide additional facilities to educate the public about the significance of the Reading Railroad. The building will seat 75 people. They believe the availability of the technology in the grant application is important to their ability to attract interest in their stories, collections, and facilities. The organization, an all-volunteer group of more than 1,000 members, was begun in 1976. They have assembled one of the country’s largest collections of artifacts, equipment and documentation related to a single railroad. The Reading Railroad, of southeastern Pennsylvania, was in operation from 1833 until 1976.
Lake States Railway Historical Association, Inc., Baraboo, WI $ 2,500
Lake States needs to organize a permanent archival storage solution for their large and important Fairbanks-Morse/Sheffield Car Company collection of drawings, photographs, artifacts, documents and other rail history elements in their environmentally controlled facility to ensure its permanence and accessibility. All project labor costs will be contributed by their volunteer staff of historians. Specifically, they asked for funding for: various sizes of shelving and wire frames, archival storage boxes, data collection forms, various sizes of buffered folders, map folders, and long-term archival storage boxes. They note that TEDF’s January 2013 grant helped them win the “Governor’s Archival Award” from the Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board. And the CRI&P collection has been accessed by nearly 300 researchers to-date. Established in 2007, the LSRHA is dedicated to the expansion and dissemination of knowledge of the history of railroading, especially in the Western Great Lakes region. Their research center is open six days per week, and through October 1, volunteers have contributed 4,125 hours to assist researchers.
GRANT AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS - August 6, 2016
The Board of Directors of the Tom E. Dailey Foundation Inc. is pleased to announce the award of 9 grants totaling $29,700 on August 6, 2016. The Foundation has awarded 171 grants totaling $542,646 since its creation in 2013. Our next board meeting is scheduled for November 5, 2016 with an application deadline of October 14th. Congratulations to all grant recipients!
This 27-year-old group conducts arts and music outreach at the Murphy Theatre, built in 1918. Among the various programs of the group are global arts and music events known as their MidWest World Fest. These are week-long residencies with global performers. They asked for funding for their October 16-22, 2016 residency with the AnDa Union from Inner Mongolia, and their April 23-29, 2017 residency with the Le Vent du Nord group from Quebec, Canada. During their residency, the groups perform at the Wilmington Library, the Southern State Community College, the Wilmington High School, the Cape May Retirement Community, and area churches. This is the second year for the residencies. The previous groups from Turkey and Israel were well received. Although the performers’ appearance fees are covered, it is the responsibility of the theatre to cover all housing during the week, marketing and PR support, and all expenses incurred for the capstone Saturday night performance.
The parent organization—the Ohio Historical Society d/b/a Ohio History Connection—has been in existence for 131 years. They requested funds for the educational programs operated through the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, a division of the Ohio History Connection, for 2017-2018. The program’s purpose is to provide hands-on learning experiences for Franklin, Hamilton, Greene, and Montgomery county K-12 students by utilizing NAAMCC’s exhibits and collections to expand student knowledge of African-American history and culture. The goal is to use two and three-dimensional art to teach students about African American history and how it has enriched the overall American cultural landscape. As the program proceeds, it will use its 2016, 2017 and 2018 exhibits as the backdrop for offering field trips and educational arts and crafts workshops. In addition, NAAMCC will partner with the Ohio History Connection for a youth arts program in Columbus and Dayton to drive community conversations on race, ethnicity, how art helps explain each person’s perspective, and how these perspectives can educate others about our cultural heritage. The program will begin in November. The Ohio History Connection was created to authenticate, collect, preserve, and educate about the objects and places related to Ohio’s history.
This 42-year-old group operates their historical society in the Vestal train station built in 1881. As part of their mission to collect and exhibit material that illustrates the history of the Town of Vestal, New York, they are creating a 1950s historically accurate diorama of the train station/depot and the surrounding area. The Tom E. Dailey Foundation will fund materials. All labor will be provided by experienced train enthusiasts on a volunteer basis in conjunction with the Town Historian. The museum is open to the public and free of charge. Since working with the new director of the Vestal Museum, the group has contributed to a doubling of museum visitors, exhibits, activities and funding. Recent projects such as their “Musical Memories” concert and “Vestal Goes to War” exhibits have driven a growth in membership.
This small West Virginia town, about a hundred miles east of Cincinnati, will be relocating CSX Caboose #90250 to a prominent spot in their city park; it will now be accessible to the general public. They want to spruce up the caboose and asked for funds to: renovate the interior, paint the exterior, place some historical pictures and placards inside and replace the glass windows with a more durable material. The town of Hurricane has been steeped in railroad history since 1873, when Collins Huntington pushed tracks through the area. Later, in 1888, the railroad brought hotels, stores and families to the area. The relocation of the caboose to the city park is one of the major projects in the city since moving the caboose will require modifying one of the bridges. They plan to celebrate the move of the caboose with a festival attended by children from six local schools. In 2013, Bloomberg Businessweek selected Hurricane as “The Best Place to Raise a Family in West Virginia.”
This 33-year-old group requested funds to upgrade the interior of the parlor car Francis J. McGrath, built in 1952 by the Budd Company for the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Congressional Limited service between Washington D.C. and New York. At the time, it represented the high end of daytime train travel. It is one of the last parlor cars to retain its original 29 swivel seats with individual tables and a five person drawing room. The goal is to update the interior décor so it is fresh and inviting with an eye towards contemporary but classic colors, so passengers can appreciate and experience historical first-class service from the 1950s. The car has been used extensively by various local railroads for business and political promotions. It is also active in public trips to educate the general public and create interest in railroading as a career and hobby. The group strives to preserve western New York’s rich railroad heritage through their preservation of rolling stock, two passenger depots and their interpretive museum.
This group, founded in 1974, engages audiences through adventurous opera experiences of new and rarely performed works. During their history, they have staged 122 operas, 63 Chicago premieres and 28 American operas. They perform at the Harris Theater, Studebaker Theater, and the Music Box Theatre. In order to generate interest in opera among the younger generation, COT offers a 35-week, comprehensive arts education program that introduces elementary school children to the world of opera through various activities in conjunction with the Chicago Public Schools. Their target group is 4th through 6th grade students, though younger and older can be accommodated. Over the course of the school year, COT teaching artists guide students through the stages of creating and performing their own opera based on a story of their choice. For 2015-16, there were 784 students enrolled in seven schools. 85% were low income.
This long-time (34 years) Amarillo, Texas-based group specializes in obtaining, preserving, and sharing information and material relating to the Missouri Pacific Railroad and its subsidiaries. They have completely digitized their film and microfilm collections and have over 80,000 files available to members, researchers and model manufacturers. Materials date back to the 1850s. They requested assistance for archival-quality storage materials and shelving so that they can consolidate their source materials to a different location. Materials are currently stored in a cramped caboose and other off-site locations. In addition to use by their members, their materials have been used to help historians, genealogists, other museum restoration projects, museum exhibits, historic depot restorations, television documentaries, and others.
This relatively new organization (2-years-old) requested funding for their “Backpack Meals Program.” The program provides groceries to at-risk children in four southwest Ohio school districts (Bethel-Tate, Hamersville, Clermont Northeastern, and West Clermont districts). The students are identified by teachers or other school staff as being in exigent financial need. The backpack meals are meant to ensure that students whose main source of food during the week comes from the free lunch program, also do not go hungry over the weekend. The group was formed in 2015 to assist underprivileged children in the community overcome childhood poverty by meeting their immediate needs. In addition to afterschool programs and their Free Store Foodbank, the group sponsors a community “picnic” for the families of the children in the program. The picnic is funded by local businesses. The group also sponsors a “Wednesday Night” meals and leadership training during the school year. Last year they sent home about 4,300 Backpack meals along with 178 Homework packs (school supplies), and 130 new pillows and pillowcases for the kindergarten children in the program. The program begins in August.
This 70-year-old group requested funding to restore a Sheffield Type 2 velocipede/handcar of undetermined age. The device, in the museum’s collection, is not usable in its current condition. It is missing parts and the wooden wheel spokes are in poor condition. A handcar restoration specialist has determined that portions of the maple body need replaced along with all of the white oak spokes. They will also need to construct and replace the foot pedal. After painting and reassembly, the device can be on display, and also used by museum visitors to see how the handcar operates. They hope to start the project in the fall. Formed in 1946, the group has a 22-acre site along the former Sacramento Northern main line. Over the years they have restored numerous railway vehicles and facilities. Over 20,000 people visit the museum yearly.
GRANT AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS - May 7, 2016
The Board of Directors of the Tom E. Dailey Foundation is pleased to announce the following 14 grants totaling $34,900 we approved on May 7, 2016. The Foundation has awarded 162 grants totaling $512,946 since its creation in 2013. Next board meeting is scheduled for August 6, 2016. Applications must be received and processed by July 30th.
Local Matters, Columbus, Ohio $ 2,500
This application was submitted under the Disadvantaged Youth and Parks and Gardens categories. There are two elements to the current funding request. The first is to renew and expand last year’s teen garden employment program. Combining funding from TEDF and the Godman Guild, Local Matters will expand the program to 18 teens—12 during the summer and 6 more later in the year. This program enables disadvantaged teens in the Weinland Park area to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to install and maintain an urban food farm and secure employment within the field of agriculture. The second program—offered jointly with the Dowd Education Center/Homeless Families Foundation of Columbus—teaches the children of homeless families about plant biology and plant nutrition by maintaining indoor and outdoor gardens. They will learn the basic skillset of planting, maintaining, and harvesting vegetables and learning the vegetables most accessible to a food insecure population. They will be teaching 10 children of ages 10 and younger.
Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation, Colorado Springs, Colorado $ 1,000
This 34-year-old Colorado Springs group has cosmetically restored a 1919 Birney streetcar. After 12 years—and 3,650 hours—of work largely funded by the National Electrical Contractors Association and Local 113 of the IBEW, they needed additional funding to make it operational (specifically the brake system). Once completed, they have plans for a six mile line from downtown Colorado Springs to the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs with five intermediate stops. They are in discussions with BNSF for the abandoned track and right-of-way. The Birney streetcar ran in Ft. Collins, Colorado, until it was taken out of service in 1951. The car was placed on the National Historic Register of the National Park Service by the Colorado State Historical Society. The group operates a museum and an 1888 Rock Island roundhouse where they store 18 streetcar bodies, two electric trolley buses, and two 1950s city buses.
Divine Purpose Youth Performing Arts Center, Chicago, Illinois $ 2,000
The group, in existence for 11 years, provides youth musical and performing arts alternatives to neighborhood violence. They provide an after-school camp Monday through Friday, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. for children 5 to 14 years of age. At the camp they receive homework help, help in building their literacy skills, and help in developing their ability to express themselves creatively through music, dance, and singing. The group recently completed the 15-month Chicago Police Department “Force for Good” program. They also regularly facilitate neighborhood Community Alternative Policing Strategies (CAPS) “beat” meetings with the Chicago Police. While they draw youth of all races, more than 55% of their youth are African-American from the Garfield and Lawndale neighborhoods. They regularly follow their “graduates” and survey them annually regarding their arrest rates. To-date their participants compare favorably to the typical juvenile arrest rates seen by the CPD.
Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois $ 1,500
The Chicago Botanic Garden requested funding for routine maintenance and support of their G-scale garden model train layout. The project is titled “Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America.” The 7,500-square-foot Model Railroad Garden features 18 classic G-gauge model trains running on 1,700 feet of track. The collection includes 100 engines and 200 train cars that are 1/29th life-size. Since its opening 16 years ago, it has become one of the most popular park destinations for children with an average 82,000 visitors annually. Maintenance is constant. This year, staff must replace rotting road beds, replace rails and wheels, and set up and take down the trains every day.
Lawndale Christian Legal Center, Chicago, Illinois $ 1,500
This west-side Chicago group originally began as an outgrowth of the Lawndale Community Church in 1978. They focus on the complicated nature of youth criminalization in an effort to reduce recidivism. Their application requested partial funding for support of their Court Advocacy Apprenticeship program. CAA, now in its fourth year, combines legal education, job readiness training, and employment to court-involved youth so that they may succeed in today’s economy. From June to August, this eight-week, 20 hours per week program exposes youth to civil rights and criminal justice system issues along with a weekly job skills curriculum including resume writing, interviewing, financial literacy, good workplace habits, etc. It serves 10 youth per year, 15 to 21 years of age. Typically, all would be currently involved with the criminal justice system as youth who are diverted, those with pending cases, and those on probation, supervision, or parole. 97% are African-American, 92% are male.
Collinwood High School Alumni Association, Thompson, Ohio $ 1,000
This long-time Ohio-based group recently acquired a replica of the legendary New York Central “Empire State Express” #999, the engine that set the world steam engine speed record on May 10, 1893, clocking in at 112 miles per hour. In the mid-1930s, a group of New York Central workers clandestinely built a replica of #999 on a Hudson automotive frame. NYCRR management later supported the project, and the replica was shown in Washington, D.C. and in several Rose Bowl Parades. It was acquired in December 2015 by the “Railroaders,” the name of the high school mascot and name of the 1,000-member alumni association. They have a three-phase plan to restore the replica. Once it is again operational, it will be displayed at cities along its original Northern Ohio route.
Chicago Sunday Evening Club, Chicago, Illinois $ 1,000
This group has been in existence for 108 years. They began as a ministry of—and to—the business community. They engage people of faith in an active search for common solutions to civic problems. Their various film series began in 1956 with WTTW Channel 11. They were requesting funding for the fourth film in their current documentary series, “Responding with Faith.” This film will be titled The Final Journey, and will focus on the impending crisis in end-of-life care for the elderly in Chicago. All the films in the current series highlight people who are making a difference in their communities by putting faith into action by connecting with each other to improve the city and the region. Earlier titles were: After Prison, followed by Divided Families, which examined the broken immigration system. The third film was Violence in Chicago. After being broadcast on Channel 11, each film is then made available on YouTube.
This group, formed in 1969, submitted an Arts grant application for funding to renovate a recently-purchased building shell so that it can operate as a 100-seat theatre with storage and administrative offices. Fundraising for the renovation began in spring 2014. The total renovation project will cost about $465,000. They hope to have it completed for their 2017 season. They have secured the necessary permits and expect to begin Phase 1 construction shortly. The group serves the city of Chillicothe and the surrounding Ross County area. They have performed continuously since December 1968, and typically produce four to five shows annually.
This Portland, Oregon-based group is the caretaker of the Spokane, Portland & Seattle steam locomotive #700. The locomotive ran in regular service between Spokane and Portland until 1955. The PRPA acquired the locomotive in 1986 where it was on display in a park. After a four-year restoration, #700 was put back in operation and used in various public excursions, special events and public display. It is owned by the City of Portland. The PRPA is responsible for its upkeep and operation on behalf of the city. Before it can continue in operation, it must pass its 15-year FRA boiler inspection. Among other things, this requires a complete disassembly and rebuilding of the boiler. This is a 34-month project. They previously passed their 15-year inspection in 2000.
Muscular Dystrophy Association of Southern Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio $ 2,400
The group requested funding to provide a one-week summer camp in Hamilton, Ohio, for children with neuro-muscular disease, ages 6-17, at no cost to their family. The camp provides an opportunity for children with similar disabilities to engage in a variety of activities including horseback riding, swimming, adaptive sports, arts and crafts, camp dances and more. The camp is an environment that promotes interaction with peers, making new friends, and engaging in an exciting and safe summer camp. It also provides a brief break for parents and guardians from their role as caregiver. The MDASO provides support to over 1,500 families locally. Based in the Cincinnati area, the group funds clinics staffed with experts in neuro-muscular disease at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Franklinton Rising, Hilliard, Ohio $ 2,500
In August 2015, TEDF partially funded the initial group of 6-9 students to learn the basics of the construction trades by rehabbing a house in Franklinton. With this second class of trainees, four to five young adults (ages 16-30) will receive certificates recognizing successful completion of the “Core Trade Skills” curriculum of the ABC Institute (Construction Trade School), and participate in the demo work necessary to begin rehabbing a house. These trainees are either in high school, finished, or dropped out of high school. This second group of students already began classroom training in February with OJT to start in May.
CircEsteem, Chicago, Illinois $ 2,000
This 15-year-old Chicago-based organization requested scholarship funding for their Circus Team Performance Troupe (Team) program. Team is the organization’s most advanced training and performance program providing participants with the challenge of honing professional performance skills, pushing themselves, and working together to achieve rigorous physical goals, developing their artistic skills through act-creation, and learning all the elements of a full-fledged circus production as they work together to create their own annual show. Participation is by invitation only. They meet three days a week during the school year and receive specialized coaching from professional Teaching Artists. The program serves 25 Chicago children ages 10-17, roughly equal parts male/female, 71% low income, 38% African-American, 10% Hispanic. The organization’s mission is to unite youth from diverse racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds and help them build self-esteem and mutual respect through the practice and performance of circus arts.
Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, Columbus, Ohio $ 5,000
The organization requested funding for a one-evening (June 4) celebration of CGMC. Titled “Gay Paris!”, it is an event to raise awareness of CGMC by bringing together people from all around Central Ohio for an evening of entertainment, conversation, and an introduction to the work and programs of CGMC in Columbus and now also in Denver. The focus of the event will be threefold: to educate the attendees on CGMC’s mission (community engagement, work to impact at-risk youth, promote the positive impact LGBTs have on the community), secondly to promote their upcoming June concert “Finding Oz”—a musical essay with an anti-bullying theme, and thirdly to recognize the honor bestowed on CGMC as the opening performance at the 2016 GALA Choruses International Festival.
The Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University is a forum for land use and transportation professionals around the region. They requested funding to support their upcoming exhibit at Chicago’s Union Station scheduled for August 2016 through August 2017. The exhibit, focused on Chicago’s unique rail history, will be located prominently in the station’s breezeway, which connects the Great Hall with the Concourse. The exhibit is designed to prompt people’s interest in rail-themed classic films. The exhibit will reach an estimated audience of over 150,000. They anticipate media coverage through WBBM News Radio 780 and National Public Radio. The institute has been in existence for 21 years. It conducts transportation-related technical and mobile workshops, collaborative events, research series and study trips.
The Board of Directors of the Tom E. Dailey Foundation is pleased to announce the following 10 grant awards totaling $29,500.00 which were approved at the February 6, 2016 quarterly board meeting. Since its creation in 2013, the Foundation has awarded grants totaling $478,046.00. The next Board meeting is scheduled for May 7, 2016.
San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum, San Luis Obispo, CA $ 1,500
This 24-year-old group received funding to restore a Pacific Coast Railway 1200-Series boxcar. The car is one of very few remaining pieces of rolling stock from the narrow-gauge Pacific Coast Railway (1877-1940) which linked Port San Luis with the city, San Luis Obispo County, and northern Santa Barbara County. Using volunteer labor, they plan to repair the roof, wood frame and sheathing, the floor, the truss rods, and the brake components. The museum focuses on the railroad history of California’s Central Coast, with most visitors and participants coming from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. The museum conducts an oral history program, a Boy Scouts merit badge program, and a third-grade school curriculum unit.
This group, in operation for 18 years, is restoring and remodeling their 1893 depot/museum to improve attendance by opening all year. To do so, they are installing running water, restrooms, and heat. An important element of making these improvements economically sustainable is adequate insulation in the roof. This grant partially funds the insulation work. The project is expected to take 3 months. They hope to begin in February.
Steep Theatre Company, Chicago, IL $ 1,000
This 15-year-old tax exempt group conducts theatrical productions from late-January through mid-August of each year. Through the help of various donors, Steep offers 10% of its tickets at a subsidized price of $10 for students, seniors, and veterans. Many of these subsidized tickets are purchased by patrons attending a theatrical production for the first time. Three productions will be offered in the Jan-Aug 2016 season with each running for a minimum of six weeks. Based in Chicago’s Edgewater community (7 miles north of the Loop), Steep is regularly cited by the Chicago Tribune, WBEZ, and the Sun Times as one of the top theatre companies in the city. Steep believes that theatre “should stoke conversations about the issues and conditions that are a part of all of our lives; conversations that take place amongst and between artists and audiences…”
This group receives partial funding for a permanent exhibit and historical video titled “Railway Y.M.C.A.” Bradford, Ohio, was home to a 75-room YMCA that served railroaders and travelers in the early 1900s. The “Railway YMCA” provided meals, lectures, entertainment, and religious education for the railroaders. Noted Columbus Dispatch cartoonist, Billy Ireland, drew sketches of the Railway YMCA. The exhibit will include illustrations, paintings, photographs, period newspapers, ephemera, and artifacts. An accompanying video will complete the exhibit. The projected start date is June 2016, and the project is expected to take 12 months.
New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, Albuquerque, NM $ 2,500
They are completing a 15-year restoration project for their 1944 AT&SF 2926 steam locomotive. In August 2014, the Tom E. Dailey Foundation partially funded the FRA certification of the brake system. Before trial runs can begin, three tasks remain: FRA hydrostatic testing of the boiler, installation of 220 superheater bundles and steam-up, and finally fresh paint applied. This grant partially funds the remaining work. To-date, the group estimates they have provided over 130,000 hours of volunteer work. Previously installed in a city park from 1956, when it was retired, until 2000, once in full operation, the group intends to begin local passenger steam excursions. The Society is currently in planning and negotiations with AMTRAK, NMDOT, BNSF, FRA and local municipalities for excursion service in and around New Mexico.
Franklin County Historical Society (COSI), Columbus, OH $ 7,500
This grant funds COSI Academy scholarships and COSI’s Career Ladder program. COSI Academy is a career exploration program for high school students considering STEM careers. Students meet at COSI on the first Saturday of each month from October through May. Each meeting includes a field trip to area labs and technology companies. Career Ladder: COSI believes without soft skills like communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity, today’s students won’t be successful in tomorrow’s workforce. This is why COSI developed the Career Ladder (CL), a mentor-led volunteerism program that allows students to develop 21st Century Skills working in their museum, acting as full members of the COSI team, and directly interacting with the over 600,000 guests that visit the museum each year. They take on progressive levels of responsibility as they evolve into job-ready teens.
Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society, Inc., North Freedom, WI $ 2,500
This group received partial funding for the relocation and restoration of a 1902 Duluth South Shore and Atlantic Railway Co sleeper car built by the Barney and Smith Car Company of Dayton, Ohio. The car served the railroad for 32 years operating from Minnesota to Michigan. From 1934 to the present, it has been a private cottage on the shores of Lake Superior. In December, the group accepted the donation of the car from the current owners. It is well preserved, structurally sound, and well maintained. In addition to being an important addition to the museum’s collection, the car will be of interest to local school and youth groups.
Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum, Rochester, NY $ 3,000
This grant enables the group to continue its restoration of a 1941 Lehigh Valley Railroad caboose #95100. A previous grant from the Tom E. Dailey Foundation enabled the group to sandblast and prime the sides and roof of the exterior. This funds the purchase of materials to re-paint and re-letter the exterior using the paint scheme it wore in the 1970s. They have two other cabooses and a seven car set from the New York Central Railroad. Attendance at the museum was 5,000 visitors in 2015,
Massillon Museum, Massillon, OH $ 3,000
This Ohio-based, 83-year-old organization, is developing a rail history exhibit on railroad moniker art. This grant partially funds the research phase. Moniker art is a little studied and ephemeral art form of creating unique visual signatures, or monikers, on the sides of rail cars. It has been perpetuated by a group of largely anonymous artists since the late-1800s. In addition to the exhibit, the museum will create an archive of oral histories and research that can be a resource for rail historians. The museum, founded in 1933, has 29,000 square feet of space. It is a free museum and is open six days a week year-round. Museum attendance in 2015 was nearly 21,000. It is a previous winner of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.
Jubilee Museum and Catholic Cultural Center, Columbus, OH $ 5,000
This grant partially funds an art exhibit entitled “4 Frescoes 4 Artists – Contemporary Depictions of Jacob’s Dream.” The frescoes will be created by four contemporary Columbus, Ohio, artists in a special gallery of the Jubilee Museum. The three-month exhibit will be interactive, i.e., the public will be permitted to view the works in-progress and ask questions of the artists. The artists will be asked to depict the story of Jacob’s dream from Genesis 28:10-22 from the Old Testament. The museum, celebrating its eighteenth year, is one of the largest museums of its kind for the purpose of preserving Catholic art and artifacts, particularly paintings, sculpture, castings, stained glass, vestments, relics, icons, photography, and books.
GRANT AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS - Nov. 7, 2015
The Board of Directors of the Tom E. Dailey Foundation is pleased to announce the following 11 grant awards totaling $34,246 which were approved at the November 7, 2015 quarterly board meeting. Since its creation in 2013, the Foundation has awarded grants totaling $448,546.00. The next Board meeting is scheduled for February 6, 2016.
The Bobby Tripodi Foundation d/b/a Cornerstone of Hope, Columbus, Ohio $ 1,000
In its 12th year of service to Central Ohio, this Columbus-based group offers bereavement care and grieving support to individuals and families. They requested funds to support their “Grieving Student Outreach Initiative.” The grant would partially fund a dedicated school liaison to the Columbus City School District to market the program, coordinate grief support services, and provide individual counseling and crisis intervention at no cost. Research clearly shows that loss, especially traumatic loss, can debilitate a student’s ability to perform in school—impairing memory and concentration. This group gives students a safe place to grieve, and the support to do so, utilizing traditional and expressive counseling methods and helps students meet with peers sharing similar experiences. They work closely with the Franklin County Coroner’s Office and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Over 40% of the population served fits the Medicaid demographic.
Saint Albans C & O Modelers & Museum, Saint Albans, WV $ 4,000
This 15 year-old group, the Saint Albans Chesapeake and Ohio Modelers and Museum (SACOMM), requested funding to replace the roof and a portion of the remaining windows in the 1906 Chesapeake & Ohio Saint Albans Train Depot. The City of Saint Albans and the Saint Albans Historical Society are partners in this project. SACOMM uses the depot as its headquarters. It is the goal of the group to restore the depot to a resemblance of its former glory and to use the building once again as an actual rail transportation stop (CSX trains run past the stop today) for both scenic tours, as well as to develop the site as a stop for Amtrak passenger traffic. The development of the depot will be a significant part of the Saint Albans’ Comprehensive Plan and is a key focal point for preserving and promoting railway history in the community. The total cost for the roof repairs is $37,300. Some of the work will be done by city employees. Various community groups (Women’s Club, etc.) and businesses have contributed to the repairs.
Electric City Trolley Museum Association, Scranton, PA $ 3,000
This group submitted an application for the restoration of trolley car #505. Originally manufactured in 1929, the car was in operation with the former Scranton Transit Co. until 1954 when it was replaced by a bus. The overall restoration project is estimated at $350,000. To-date they have raised $117,000 and invested 3,500 volunteer hours. When fully restored, Car #505 will be put into operating service on the Lackawanna County’s Electric City Trolley Museum’s five mile long excursion track for the public to ride and enjoy. The group will use the car to help educate the community on the historic heritage of northeastern Pennsylvania, specifically, how the trolley carried workers to the coal mines, iron and steel plants, textile mills, railroad yards, etc. The grant request of $3,000 will be part of the $95,000 phase of steel work.
North Carolina Railway Museum, Inc., New Hill, NC $ 5,000
This long-time group—the East Carolina Chapter of the NRHS—requested funds to relocate the 1884 Goldston Depot from its current location in a Goldston, NC, storage yard to the New Hope Valley Railway where it will act as a passenger depot and central loading area for their excursion trains. Built in the small town of Goldston, the depot was used for passenger service until the 1940s and freight service until the late 1950s. After being abandoned, the building was saved by a prominent Goldston family in the early 1970s and moved to private property where it remains today. The 35-mile move is expected to cost $40,000. The depot is in remarkably good condition and only needs exterior paint and some windows fixed before it is operational. The group offers many educational programs for school children, and the depot will be used as a classroom as well as an example of North Carolina history.
Chicago Lights, Chicago, IL $ 1,500
Chicago Lights operates an urban farm in the “Near North” area of Chicago on the site of the former, violence-torn Cabrini Green projects. The Mission provides access to economic opportunities and healthy, affordable food. The Farm is a safe and stabilizing place where people of all ages, abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds come together to learn, form positive relationships, and explore nature. Farm programs are housed in three broad categories: child and youth development, microenterprise, and community outreach. Now a transitioning neighborhood—the area has a brand new Target, and the headquarters for Groupon relocated here—the threat of violence is still very real. Gang activity is high and unemployment is endemic.
East Broad Top Preservation Association, DuBois, PA $ 2,500
This group is dedicated to the preservation of the National Historic Landmark East Broad Top Railroad located in Mount Union, Pennsylvania. Specifically, they requested funding to restore an original narrow gauge, East Broad Top-built hopper car. The EBT railroad is unique in that they built every hopper car (more than 300) for their own use. These unique, narrow gauge hoppers are examples of the industrial coal heritage of the area’s railroads. Only the EBT hauled large amounts of coal to sustain its rail operations. This 7-year organization normally operates a small 3-mile steam train excursion. But they began renovations to the railroad in 2011 to enhance its educational and historic experience. The cosmetic restoration of the hopper car will complement the linear park the group maintains on the East Broad Top right-of-way.
Lake Superior Railroad Museum, Duluth, MN $ 2,500
This group is restoring a 1906 Duluth & Northeastern RR 2-8-0 locomotive #28. The restoration has been underway for over two years and is close to completion. They have passed all FRA inspections during the teardown and rebuild. The one remaining task is to re-tube the boiler jacket. Fraser Shipyards of Superior, Wisconsin, has agreed to do the work at cost. All the materials needed for the re-tubing have already been purchased with other funding. With the boiler work completed, volunteers will use the winter and spring for final touch-up with the expectation by summer 2016, the locomotive will be in full steam. The group operates excursions along the beautiful shore of Lake Superior from Duluth to Two Harbors through the deep and majestic North Woods. Their volunteers have put in thousands of hours of work on the project, and they have raised over $100,000 in donations and grants.
Lake States Railway Historical Association, Inc., Baraboo, WI $ 2,746
This group has been awarded two grants in the past. In this latest application, Lake States notes they have received several railroad heritage book collections in 2015 that number several hundred volumes. This substantially exceeds the current shelf capacity of the library. They are requesting funds to purchase additional shelving units to accommodate the new collections and some margin for future collections. They have provided the vendor quote for the materials along with numerous photographs to document the need for the funding. They wish to purchase two library-grade base shelving units and three add-on units (plus shipping charges). The group, established in 2007, focuses on documenting the rail history of the Western Great Lakes region of the U.S. during the 1880-1916 era. They are dedicated to the highest standards of scholarship, research, and preservation. They note previous TEDF grants have been greatly beneficial.
Boothbay Railway Village, Boothbay, ME $ 7,500
This 50-year-old group requested funding to restore their 1895 S. D. Warren Baldwin locomotive #2. Originally purchased by the S. D. Warren Paper Mill Company, the locomotive replaced horses and wagons in the mill yard to haul pulpwood and coal. A daily workhorse, during its heyday, the locomotive helped S. D. Warren produce more than 35,000 pounds of paper a day. In 1974, the mill complex was added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Cumberland Mills Historic District. The locomotive restoration project, estimated at $87,000, includes building a new boiler, repairs to the iron frame, all new bearings, a new cab, and a new saddle tank. The application included a project plan and budget and numerous photographs of the work to be done. The group’s mission is to conserve and display authentic Maine rail history artifacts from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries. The 30-acre village includes two dozen buildings many of which are filled with artifacts of Maine’s railroading history. They welcome more than 25,000 visitors annually.
LeaderSpark, Inc., Columbus, OH $ 3,500
This application was submitted under three categories: Disadvantaged Youth, Parks & Gardens, and Diversity. LeaderSpark focuses their charitable efforts on the Franklinton area of Columbus, Ohio. The program for which they requested funding is part of their Roots to Wings program, specifically, their Garden-in-a-box program. Families sponsored through the Roots to Wings program will receive a complete garden kit for growing vegetables starting May 2016. All materials needed to start a small container garden will be donated at no cost to the participants. The kits will include: 3’ x 4’ polypropylene fabric box with a bottom (9” deep), enough topsoil to fill the box (9 cubic feet), and a selection of vegetable plants suited to a small space garden. LeaderSpark will be partnering with Franklinton Prep as a hub to coordinate the activities of the gardeners. This 27-year-old organization receives major funding from the United Way and the Columbus Foundation. The group was formed from volunteers from the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus and the Franklin County Educational Council.
Dukati and Biseri Folklore Ensemble, Chicago, IL $ 1,000
This application was submitted under two categories: the Arts and Diversity. The Dukati and Biseri Folklore Ensemble of Chicago was founded in November 2009 by a handful of students who wished to perform Serbian and Macedonian folk dance and music. Today this 501(c)(3) consists of over 25 members with an annual budget of $10,000. The group requested partial funding for their 2015-2016 winter showcase titled “Soul to Sole II: A Folkloric Showcase.” The concert, tentatively scheduled for late-January 2016, will bring a variety of Balkan-region performers on stage with the Dukati and Biseri Folklore Ensemble in a local theatre to reach out to a greater audience than the traditional Serbian and Macedonian communities of Chicago. While the group has already begun rehearsals for the event, a TEDF grant will help with costumes, theatre rental, and promotional efforts during December and January. The group averages seven performances a year with audiences between 50-1,000. Their junior training ensemble teaches the basics of folk dance and music to children in the 1st-8th grades.
The Board of Directors of the Tom E. Dailey Foundation is pleased to announce the following 17 grant awards totaling $34,000 which were approved at the August 21, 2015 quarterly board meeting. Since its creation in 2013, the Foundation has awarded grants totaling $414,300. We would like to thank the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad for their hospitality in hosting our board meeting.
This long-time and well established group in Dennison, Ohio, has received an 80% Ohio Department of Transportation matching grant for the cosmetic restoration of a 1940s Kanawha Steam Engine 2700, and the restoration of a former Pullman Bed & Breakfast car into an operating bed & breakfast car. The steam engine is one of the only remaining Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad engines of its kind. It will be used in a wide variety of museum exhibits and programs. The Pullman car, once up and operating, will bring in hotel tax revenues to the community, enable exhibit and tour opportunities, and house college interns for railroad research projects at the museum. This is the 8th phase of a comprehensive restoration of this 1873 Pennsylvania Railroad Station and surrounding area begun in 1984 and will be designated Ohio’s 70th National Historic Landmark. In 2011, Dennison Railroad Depot Museum was named Museum of the Year by the Ohio Museum Association. Museum visitors and train ridership combined exceed 65,000 annually.
Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, Columbus, OH $ 3,000
Founded in 1990, this group, a previous grant winner, produces vocal music in the rich tradition of men’s choral singing. It performs publically before general audiences to foster understanding and acceptance of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people in society. Currently CGMC has more than 90 active singing members and more than 100 volunteers that assist with production and day-to-day operations. The group is currently raising funds for its “Finding Oz” concert, which is anticipated to run from August 2015 to June 2016. The concert will be looking at the causes and effects of bullying.
Franklinton Rising, Columbus, OH $ 2,500
Franklinton Rising was established in July 2014 as an extension of Youth for Christ (after school programs) and Franklinton Preparatory Academy. Quickly realizing that many of their students were unlikely to finish high school or have meaningful work opportunities, the Board of Franklinton Rising sought to develop a program where 5-9 of their motivated students would train in basic house rehabbing and receive an “Introductory Craft Skills” certificate from the National Center for Construction Education. The grant will partially fund the first class of students, who will rehab a house in Columbus. Students will receive 65 hours of class/hands-on training in building trade topics such as OSHA safety, hand and power tools, construction math, reading building drawings, etc. Where specialized contractors are needed, they have agreed to help teach skills while they perform the actual work.
Rosenberg Railroad Museum, Rosenberg, TX $ 2,000
The project is to restore their Missouri Pacific Caboose #13591. The caboose was donated to the museum in 2007 from the Houston Children’s Museum, and it is in need of repair and restoration to make it safe. An estimated 60,000 visitors have toured the caboose since its move to the Rosenberg. The museum provides insight into the history of the railroads in Fort Bend County, Texas. Their focus is largely educational. In addition to the caboose, the museum has an operating 1903 switch tower where visitors can operate the semaphore, an 1879 private rail car, a replica of the train depot and water tower that serviced the original steam engines, along with a garden railroad and HO model train layout.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus, Columbus, OH $ 2,000
The grant will support the Positive Youth Development Program—their comprehensive afterschool development program that nurtures the target group (90% of whom receive free or subsidized lunches) by instilling a sense of belonging, competence, and feelings of self-worth. The majority of the youth come from neighborhoods identified by the City of Columbus as disproportionately affected by poverty and crime. The ages of the program participants range from 6 through 18. The organization has seven sites and serves 3,500 children throughout Columbus. The program uses fun games and activities to engage youth in academic ventures like science experiments, math word-problems, health and fitness, and more. The group was formed in 1948 to help children from the Franklinton and Hilltop neighborhoods.
Columbus International Program, Columbus, OH $ 2,000
This local group, a previous grant winner, is requesting funds to train three additional professionals—in this case one each from Kenya, Nepal, and Nigeria—to support traumatized children from refugee communities, who have been resettled in Franklin County. Surprisingly, since 2003, over 10,300 refugees have been resettled in the Columbus area. Many of the children have been traumatized or are disabled and require support from those from their native country. Grant funds help provide housing and living incidentals during the twelve months of training. The 2014 grant “went a long way towards making our India Youth Advocacy Program a success,” the group said. During 2014, the organization hosted a total of sixty-four IPRs (International Professionals in Residence) from 13 countries.
Railways To Yesterday, Inc., Rockhill Furnace, PA $ 2,000
This group requested funds to transport a 1937 Baldwin #404 electric locomotive to their museum, the Rockhill Trolley Museum. Originally constructed for the Niagara Junction Railway Company, #404 was overhauled in 1974 and is fully operational. They anticipate using the locomotive not only for display and demonstration purposes, but also to tow other pieces in the collection when needed for maintenance or display. Railways to Yesterday is able to acquire #404 for only the cost of its relocation.
Center for Railroad Photography and Art, Madison, WI $ 2,000
A previous grant recipient, The Center for Railroad Photography and Art requested funds for their “Railroad Heritage Visual Archive.” The Center has acquired several new collections of the steam-to-diesel transition era. Depending on the condition of each collection, processing can include: transferring each photograph into archivally safe materials, arranging the photographs into a cohesive organizational scheme, numbering and digitizing each, and embedding metadata—the most time consuming step but critical for a searchable database. Then the collections are shared online through the Center’s website. The Center employs paid graduate interns from the University of Wisconsin School of Library and Information Studies, along with archivists from the Lake Forest College library in Lake Forest, Illinois. The Center hosts an annual conference on railroad photography, publishes a quarterly journal, and operates a traveling exhibitions program.
Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, Inc., Washington, PA $ 2,000
This group, in operation since 1954, requested funding to restore and interpret the historic Wexford trolley interurban passenger/freight station. Last year they received a Tom E. Dailey Foundation grant to restore a vintage streetcar. The Wexford depot was carefully relocated to a new concrete foundation on the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum from its original home along route 910 in Wexford, PA. They have raised $203,000 of the estimated $220,000 needed to fully restore the building. The depot was along the famous “Harmony Route.” When the depot closed in 1931, it was purchased by the station agent. Through the years it was a post office, an antique shop, and most recently a delicatessen. But the family of the agent never allowed structural changes. So the depot is largely in its original condition. The grant will be used to purchase materials, equipment, and contract services.
South Side Learning & Development Center, Columbus OH $ 2,000
This Columbus, Ohio group, founded in 1922, provides parents with high quality, affordable day care and early learning through educational programs that prepare students for success in school and life. To-date, they estimate they have helped more than 18,000 students. The organization has determined that an increasing focus of theirs will be serving infants and toddlers up to age 3. Partially funded by federal Early Head Start, the group needed additional funding for periodic teacher substitutes so that the regular teachers can spend additional time on testing and assessments—a key part of the Early Head Start program. Of the children served, 62% live in poverty and 25% have special needs. The group puts all their efforts into the area of Columbus commonly known as the Southern Gateway.
Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum, Rochester, NY $ 1,000
The group requested funding to restore the Lehigh Valley Railroad caboose #95100. Since October 2011, the organization has been repairing the exterior of the caboose, which included extensive metal replacement to the sides. The interior is now being repaired and reinstalled. The grant will be used to purchase materials, prepare, re-paint, and re-letter the exterior of the caboose into the paint scheme it wore in the late 1960s. The funds will also be used to hire a contractor to do the surface preparation, media blasting, and priming. Volunteers would be used for all other work. The group, founded in 1937, if focused on the preservation and interpretation of the railroad history of the Rochester and Western New York area. The museum is in the former Erie Railroad Industry railroad station. They have over fifty pieces of railroad rolling stock and operate a one mile demonstration railroad.
Southern Appalachia Railway Museum, Inc., Oak Ridge, TN $ 1,000
The project is the interior restoration of the 1947 Southern Railroad Fort McPherson coach. Specifically, the funds will be used for spray-in foam wall insulation, replacement of steel panels, replacement of floor tile, replacement of a wall divider, and trim hardware. All work will be done by volunteers. This 26 year, Knoxville-based group is dedicated to the railroad history and equipment of the Southern Appalachia region. It operates an excursion train using period-appropriate cars to tell the story of Oak Ridge, the Manhattan Project, and how the railroads in the region helped win World War II. They had 12,000 passengers on the excursion train during 2014.
Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust, Boyertown, PA $ 1,000
This group requested funds to restore a 1920s “heavyweight” passenger car. With thousands of volunteer hours already invested, this car has a new roof, new Spanish cedar windows, exterior steel repair, new electrical, sound, light, and heating systems, a new floor, and a new restroom. The grant will partially fund the remainder of the interior fit out to include: retiling the bathroom, replacing cloth with original mahogany paneling, a pantry, bar/buffet, and replicated Tiffany windows. The Colebrookdale Railroad has 20,000-30,000 annual passengers for their excursion line. The Trust strives to capitalize on a Civil War-era railroad heritage unique to Southeastern Pennsylvania by returning Edwardian-era-caliber train service.
Deltaville Community Association, Inc., Deltaville, VA $ 1,000
This organization operates a model railroad club in Deltaville, Virginia—the Rappahannock River Railroaders. They are seeking to extend their community outreach to engage children in the creative hobby of model railroading. In addition to their fixed club layouts, which are frequently open to the public, they have a mobile track layout they take to local fairs and festivals to expose children to model railroading in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck of Virginia. In the fall of 2014, the group began a project to replace the mobile exhibit. They have begun work on the new trailer. The funds for the remaining work is partially funded by this grant.
Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, Valparaiso, IN $ 1,000
This 18-year-old not-for-profit operates 330 acres of woodlands, savanna, and hiking trails in Valparaiso, Indiana. In 2011, Taltree opened its Railway Garden: an outdoor, G-scale train garden that tells the story of American’s steam engine history and its impact on the Civil War. They are receiving partial funding for an educational display inside their Depot Visitor Center. The display will include photo-representations of people from the steam engine era including Civil War railway workers, Chinese immigrant workers from the Sierra Nevada range, and rail workers from the 1920s, who rebuilt sections of track and bridges. The focus is to accentuate the hardships and danger that often accompanied early railway jobs. The Taltree Arboretum and Gardens served 4,700 students in 2014 and saw 48,000 visitors last year.
Hopewell Depot Restoration Corp., Hopewell Depot, NY $ 1,000
This group requested funding to replicate the signal tower which was in operation at the Hopewell Junction Depot from 1892 to 1938. Construction of a replica of the tower will complete the historical accuracy of the site. The tower will have two floors: the top floor will be set up depicting the controls and facilities as they were when the tower was fully operational. The first floor will be built as handicapped accessible restrooms. This group was formed in 1996 to preserve the Hopewell Junction Depot as the only surviving railroad building in the area. The depot serves as both a museum, visitor center, and educational facility with a host of written, photographed and preserved artifacts. They have 160 members, 50 volunteers, and a staff of 18.
Colfax Railroad Museum, Inc., Colfax, WI $ 1,000
A previous grant winner, the museum requested funding for the purchase of unique metalworking tools needed for the restoration of the Coronet Phosphate #5 2-6-2T locomotive, four Milwaukee Road cars and several smaller projects. The group was founded in 1969. In addition to the locomotive and car projects, they are also continuing to restore their 1898 museum/depot.
The Board of Directors of the Tom E. Dailey Foundation is pleased to announce the following 12 grant awards totaling $35,000 were approved at the May 2, 2015 quarterly board meeting. Since its creation in 2013, the Foundation has awarded grants totaling $380,300.
15-046 Chicago & North Western Historical Society, North Riverside, IL $1,500 The C&WHS started in 1977 to gather, preserve, and document items relating to the Chicago & North Western Railroad. Their collection includes some 700 glass negative images from the C. G. Stecher and the Alan MacMillian collections which they wish to digitize to allow the images to be made available to the general public as well as historical researchers. Information from the Society’s archives is actively sought out by historians, authors, and the public for historical information about the C&NW and its predecessor roads. With funding from this grant, they hope to complete the project by year-end.
15-047 Chinese Historical Society of America Museum, San Francisco, CA $3,000 This 52-year-old group requested funding to develop “Voices from the Railroad,” an oral history from descendants of Chinese workers who built the first transcontinental railroad. The CHSAM is the oldest organization in the country dedicated to the interpretation, promotion, and preservation of the social, cultural, and political history of the Chinese in America. The “Voices from the Railroad” project will gather and post on their website oral histories of 8 descendants of Chinese workers who worked on the first transcontinental railroad. These oral histories will complement the Society’s existing “Work of Giants” exhibit telling the story of the completion of the railroad.
15-030 Local Matters, Columbus, OH $6,000 Local Matters is working to build healthy communities by providing education about, and access to, healthful food, particularly in underserved areas. In 2014 alone, they impacted 10,500 children, adults, and families with healthful educational programming. The grant will fund a Teen Garden Employment Program with Godman Guild, a local nonprofit that works in the Weinland Park area—one of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods. The program will focus on general job training skills along with hands-on job training relating to an urban food production farm. The six teens in the pilot will receive paid work experience and references along with direction and hope.
15-049 Engine 557 Restoration Company, Wasilla, AK $2,000 This organization was created to fund and manage the expected $1.2 million project to restore Engine 557—the Alaska Railroad’s last steam locomotive. Built during WWII for the U.S. Army Transportation Corps, No. 557 operated in Anchorage. It was kept on in the 50s because steam locomotives can run on submerged tracks where diesel locomotives can’t. To-date, they have raised $705,000 in part through a $350,000 matching grant from the Rasmuson Foundation. They estimate they have contributed an additional one-half million dollars through the 15,000+ volunteer hours to-date. The grant will assist with firebox replacement and boiler repairs (the engine has 250,000 miles of usage). Once the project is completed, the engine will be used both for main line operation and stored at their site for interpretative viewing. School children and the interested public will be able to watch volunteers perform routine maintenance and view information on the Railroad’s century-long impact and importance to Alaska.
15-037 Holsten Human Capital Development NFP, Chicago, IL $4,000 This grant will partially fund a seven-week touring ensemble “Teens Together,” which uses the performing arts as a creative youth development tool. The program is designed to provide employment experience; promote artistic expression, teamwork, and leadership; and build confidence among its youth participants. About 50% of the participants will be Chicago Housing Authority residents. In 2014, nine of the 17 ensemble members were residents of public housing.
15-027 NRHS Alexander Chapter, Hickory NC $4,000 Funding to move three dilapidated cars from Colorado to North Carolina where they can be used for parts in their restoration efforts with other equipment. Their program specifically focuses on narrow gauge railroad cars, and the parts from these skeleton cars can be used to finish work on three of the most historic narrow cars in their collection: an East TN & Western NC RR boxcar #434, a West Virginia Midland Baggage Car #1, and a Westside Lumber log car. The full project cost is $14,000. They have raised $10,000 to-date.
15-028 Caledonia Historical Society, Inc., Caledonia, WI $3,000 This group operates the Linwood Park Heritage Village in southeastern Wisconsin. It consists of the 1887 town hall, a 1902 Milwaukee Road depot, a 1927 caboose, an 1840 log cabin, and the museum. Earlier the group did extensive renovation on the depot. Before the work is final, one last section needs to be scraped, primed and painted in the original yellow. Also, the paint on their 1927 caboose, which was restored and repainted in 2011, has since faded, and the caboose needs to be primed and repainted. With all available volunteers currently tasked on restoring the rail shed/barn recently moved to Linwood Park, the group asked for funding for professional painters to complete the painting work.
15-029 Lake Shore Railway Historical Society, Inc., North East, PA $3,000 The purpose of this 59-year-old group is to preserve classic examples of General Electric locomotive technology. To that end, they have already restored six GE locomotives, all of which are accessible to the public at their museum in North East, PA, just 10 miles from the Erie, PA, GE assembly plant that built them. Their current project is to acquire, move, and restore a 1944 General Electric 80-ton center cab locomotive #20. While GE produced several thousand “industrial locomotives” like #20, this particular locomotive was the first diesel electric locomotive owned and operated by the Genesee & Wyoming Railroad of Retsof, New York. G&WRR operated #20 on a short line that serviced crews working the salt mines in Rochester, New York. The budget for the total restoration project is $37,000. The LSRHS museum was recently cited in Trains Magazine.
15-032 Brooks Preservation Society, Brooks, ME $2,500 Brooks Preservation Society operates the Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad. This 30-mile short line connecting Belfast, Maine, with Burnham Junction was chartered in 1867 by Civil War hero Joshua Chamberlin. The project is the restoration/rehabilitation of historic Brooks Station built in 1892. Following extensive roof, foundation, and exterior repairs, they are now turning to the interior—specifically the agent’s office. The money is to refinish the birch hardwood floors, rebuild the cabinetry as it was and provide a professional cleaning of the interior (the original wainscoting and trim) and walls without disturbing historically significant “wear” such as signatures and dates of some early agents. Their long range plan is to return passenger excursion service to Brooks Station. The depot is on the National Register of Historic Places.
15-033 Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum, Bradford, OH $2,000 This three-time grant recipient is developing interpretative exhibits for the main level of the museum including the Abraham Lincoln Funeral Train and an Interactive CPU for railroad education. These exhibits will preserve the museum’s collection in interactive and educational exhibit environments and will cover 130 years of railroad history at the junction. This 12-year-old group is an affiliate of NRHS.
15-039 Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL $2,000 This grant will represent our third year of funding for the youth agriculture program, Windy City Harvest Youth Farm. This program offers education on sustainable urban agriculture for up to 110 (108 in 2014) high school students, while providing affordable fresh produce for residents of Chicago’s low-income communities. Working in crews of four to five under the guidance of adult educators, participants receive a weekly stipend and learn sustainable agricultural practices, healthy eating, food preparation, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills. Through hands-on experience, interactive workshops, and field trips, students develop a strong work ethic and explore post-secondary education and employment opportunities.
15-034 Roanoke Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, Roanoke, VA $2,000 Among several pieces of passenger car equipment owned by this 47-year-old group is #1148, a former Great Northern lunch counter/crew dormitory car built in 1949 by Pullman-Standard. The chapter purchased the car in 1972 and used it for many years in excursion operations. For the past 15 years, the car has been stored out of service and has suffered damage due to failing window gaskets. Three years ago the decision was made to restore the car in support of upcoming steam excursion operations planned by their partner organization, the Virginia Museum of Transportation. Upon examination, it was determined that repairs to the side sills and crash posts of the car are necessary for safe main line operation. The repairs will consist of replacing the existing side sills and repairing the damaged areas of the crash posts. In addition, new sheet metal will be installed at the lower edge along both sides of the car and around the crash posts once the structural repairs are complete. Quotes for this “Phase-1” work vary from $20,000 to $30,000. Total project costs are estimated at $60,000 to $70,000.
The Board of Directors of the Tom E. Dailey Foundation is pleased to announce the approval of the following 11 grant awards totaling $40,300 at its February 7, 2015 quarterly board meeting. Since its creation in 2013, the Tom E. Dailey Foundation has awarded grants totaling $345,300. We also welcome the election of Alfred Berthold and the re-election of Lynn Muzik and Teresa Carper to the Board of Directors. The next board meeting is scheduled for May 2, 2015.
National Capital Trolley Museum - Silver Spring, MD $2,500
This grant will partially fund renovation of Capital Traction Company 522, a street car built in 1898 for use in the nation’s capital. The undercarriage of the car is not original and interferes with the support of the car body. The museum has located an original undercarriage for replacement. Since 1965, this organization has operated in Montgomery County, Maryland, including a collection of 17 street cars, thousands of photographs and documents, and hundreds of trolley ephemera. In fiscal year 2013, the museum hosted 12,611 visitors.
Center of Science and Industry (COSI) - Columbus, OH $10,000
The grant will support COSI Academy scholarships, COSI’s newly-opened planetarium and a historical movie program. COSI Academy is a career exploration program for high school students considering Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers. The new COSI Planetarium, with state-of-the-art digital projection technology, will enable visitors to experience this dynamic learning tool to explore space. The COSI historical movie program presentation of the film “Jerusalem” will take viewers on a tour of one of the world’s oldest cities with its rich history and tapestry of cultures.
Western New York Railway Historical Society - Orchard Park, NY $2,000
The grant will partially fund an upgrade to the security system at the Williamsville Depot. The depot has suffered two break-ins and broken windows. The society was formed in 1980 to preserve the Buffalo area’s rich rail history. They have 40 pieces of rolling stock, five of which are leased to an excursion service. Their museum, the Heritage Discover Center, is on-site along with two passenger depots. They have 450 member volunteers that serve the Williamsville community of 122,000.
Rufus Porter Museum, Inc. - Bridgton, ME $1,800
This grant award will fully fund the creation of a model of the Broadway Elevated Railroad based on Rufus Porter's design and drawing, which was published in Scientific American, a publication he started and edited. The Broadway Elevated Railroad model will become part of their permanent collection and be on display in the Rufus Porter invention gallery to immerse visitors in how creative thought shapes their future. The Rufus Porter Museum was founded in 2005 to preserve the works of Rufus Porter (1792-1884), an itinerant artist, inventor, and writer.
Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Inc. - Chama, NM $5,000
One of this New Mexico-based organization’s primary missions is to preserve and restore the most unique examples of Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RG) narrow gauge historic rolling stock, some dating back as early as 1880. This project is the restoration of Tourist Sleeper Car 0252/470—emblematic of the D&RG in its prime operating years. Underway since 2009 (and estimated to be completed by 2018), this restoration project will see Car 470 restored to its original use upon leaving the Pullman factory in Detroit in 1889. The group has restored several notable examples of rolling stock on the D&RG, and their restoration and preservation efforts have been nationally recognized. In 2012, they received the Preserve America Stewards award by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society, Inc. - North Freedom, WI $1,000
This Wisconsin-based group is restoring the East Jordan & Southern No. 2 passenger car originally built in 1864 for the Grand Trunk Railway. The museum obtained the car in 1963 when the EJ&S ceased operations. The restoration will proceed in two phases: first, the exterior will be restored to provide a weather-tight structure, then interior repairing and refinishing. The group operates a museum to preserve and interpret the railroad legacy for the educational benefit of the public and a 4-mile demonstration railroad during the summer.
Northern Pacific Railroad Depot Museum - Wallace, ID $2,500
Funding will assist with replacement of the depot’s cedar roof. This 30-years-old group owns the Northern Pacific depot/museum. The depot was built in 1901 and served as a passenger and freight depot for nearly 100 years. In 1976 it was the first building in downtown historic Wallace, Idaho, to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1984 the depot was relocated to make way for the Interstate 90 Coeur d’Alene spur. The structure was refurbished and reopened in 1986 as the Northern Pacific Railroad Depot Museum. The depot is now in the heart of the Coeur d’Alene Mining District. It is in need of a new roof, and the group is fortunate enough to have the original plans, which call for #1 cedar shingles. In September 2016, the group will host the Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association national convention.
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad - Peninsula, OH $7,500
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is restoring their Saint Lucie Sound luxury observation car built in 1946, with the overall restoration cost is projected to be $242,000. CVSR was founded in 1972 by a group of concerned citizens who felt that passenger rail should be preserved and enjoyed along the historic Valley Line between Cleveland and Akron. CVSR exists today to provide an alternative way for the public to engage in Cuyahoga Valley National Park—Ohio’s only national park. Trains travel 26 miles from Independence, passing through the 33,000 acre national park to Akron and back. On average, 180,000 passengers travel the route annually.
Douglas County Museum Foundation - Roseburg, OR $1,500
This well-established organization (Museum, 45 years; Foundation, 32 years) is restoring Oregon & California (O&C) Railcar #3001, which is believed to be the only remaining O&C railcar in existence. The restoration of the railcar and the O&C rail station (a separate project) will help the museum preserve this one-of-a-kind artifact and in doing so help the museum tell the impactful story of the Oregon & California Railroad through the exhibit space, historic train themed film showings, and other thematically focused events..The total cost for the project is $195,000 of which DCMF has already raised $145,000 . While the museum’s primary focus is on the local community and area school children, it serves about 10,000 visitors per year of which 35% are out of area.
Youngstown Steel Heritage Foundation - Youngstown, OH $1,500
Youngstown Steel Heritage Foundation, a 21-year-old organization, is undertaking the restoration of Jones & Laughlin Steel Co. 0-4-0 No. 58, a 23” gauge steam locomotive built by the H. K. Porter Co. in 1937 for use at the Jones & Laughlin Pittsburgh Works. The locomotive is unique because of its heavy design with a high pressure boiler for extremely high traction in order to haul the tonnage of ingots and molds. The grant will assist with fabrication of the previously removed cab section back to its original design along with the saddle type water tank. In addition to restoring the locomotive, the project includes 300 feet of running track so that when the locomotive is fired, its use in the historically important Youngstown steel industry can be demonstrated regularly to the community and visitors.
Venice Historic Preservation League, Inc. - Venice, FL $5,000
Venice Historic Preservation League is taking the lead to bring a circus train car to the historic Venice train depot by acquiring, refurbishing and displaying on existing rail a car representing the living quarters of circus performers during the time that the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus wintered in Venice. An exhibit area will provide displays about the relationship between the circus and the railroad, both locally and nationally. Exhibits will also educate the public about the many interdependencies between the circus and local community.
The Board of Directors of the Tom E. Dailey Foundation Inc. is pleased to announce the approval of the following 8 grants for a total of $34,000 at its November 1, 2014 meeting. We also welcome the election of Todd Kleismit to the Board of Directors. The next board meeting is scheduled for February 7, 2015
During 2014, the Foundation issued grants totaling $157,890. Since its inception in January 2013, the Foundation has issued 88 grants totaling over $305,000.
14-079 Western Maryland Scenic Railroad – Cumberland, MD $ 10,000
WMSR is completely renovating the former C&O Baldwin 2-6-6-2 No. 1309 articulated steam locomotive, the last steam locomotive built by Baldwin for a domestic railroad in 1949. Once finished, No. 1309 will operate in regular service between Cumberland and Frostburg, pulling a variety of special excursion trains available to the public. The project involves the complete disassembly of the locomotive and the testing and repair of all its parts and structure. The grant request is specifically to return one of the two massive cross compound air pumps to as-built condition. (WMSR was recipient of a previous Tom E. Dailey Foundation grant award of $7,500 for business car restoration.)
14-068 Danbury Railway Museum – Danbury, CT $ 1,500
This 20-year old Connecticut organization is restoring a 1947 former New York Central Railroad burro crane to operating condition. The group operates the former 1903 Danbury Union Station as a museum and the 10-acre former New Haven Railroad yard where they house 60 pieces of historic equipment—some of which are operational. Along with operating the museum, the group sponsors elementary school visits so children can learn the importance of railroads in everyday life.
14-076 Evanston Art Center – Evanston, IL $ 5,000
The Evanston Art Center is dedicated to fostering the appreciation and expression of the arts among diverse audiences by offering extensive and innovative instruction in broad areas of artistic endeavor through classes, exhibitions, interactive arts activities, and community outreach. Over 15,000 individuals visit EAC each year; there are over 6,000 class registrations each year; and, the organization puts on over 250 performances, presentations, and exhibitions yearly. This 85-year-old organization has had several locations throughout the years as it has continued to grow. With contributions toward the center’s SEE THE BIGGER PICTURE Capital Campaign, the EAC has ended a 3-year search for new space and will relocate to 1717 Central St., Evanston in the summer of 2015.
14-080 Jubilee Museum – Columbus, OH $10,000
This grant will assist in the relocation and restoration of two of the museum’s historic pipe organs. One of the largest museums of its kind, the Jubilee Museum was established in 1998 by Fr. Kevin F. Lutz for the purpose of preserving Catholic art, especially in paintings, sculpture, castings, stained glass, fabric, photography, and books. The Jubilee Museum is currently rated by tripadvisor.com as the #1 tourist attraction within the City of Columbus.
14-070 Siouxland Historical Railroad Association – Sioux City, SD $1,500
Grant will assist with the rehabilitation of the 1917 Milwaukee Road steam locomotive repair shop so it may be repurposed as a regional railroad museum exhibition center. The project is scheduled to begin in spring 2015 following approvals from the Iowa DOT, Iowa State Historic Preservation Office, and the Federal Highway Administration (the major source of funding).
14-072 Keokuk Union Depot Foundation – Keokuk, IA $ 2,500
This grant is for the renovation of the chimney and roof of the historic Keokuk, Iowa Union Depot. The Keokuk Union Depot Foundation and local government are cooperating to restore the Keokuk Union Depot to its original design, modernize the heating, plumbing and wiring, and improve the currently unused space. The roof restoration phase is focused on restoring the original red tiles and ornamental details of the original design. (Keokuk Union Depot Foundation was recipient of a previous Tom E. Dailey Foundation grant award of $1,000 in 2013 for the same project.)
14-071 Arizona Railway Museum – Chandler, AZ $ 1,500
Grant will partially fund replacement of eight malfunctioning 8-volt DC45 batteries in Baldwin Diesel Locomotive #10. The locomotive serves as the museum’s major source of motive power for switching and car relocation. The museum has 40+ items of rolling stock maintained by 25 volunteers. In addition to maintaining 10,000 rail artifacts, they are presently converting 65,000 ft. of motion picture film (Arizona rail related) into a digital format for broader access. They annually host over 5,000 visitors per year to the museum despite being closed during the hottest summer months.
14-077 Minnesota Streetcar Museum – Minneapolis, MN $ 2,000
The grant request is to construct an addition to the existing streetcar barn to create the first ever library/office for the museum’s document and photo collection. The library is currently stored off-site and not available to the public. This 52-year-old organization serves the state of Minnesota with a concentration on the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. In addition to restoring five Minnesota streetcars and operating two streetcar lines for the public, the museum publishes a quarterly history magazine and maintains a photo/archive collection of 12,000 catalogued objects. The collection has been the basis for three major books on Minnesota streetcar history. (Minnesota Streetcar Museum received a previous Tom E. Dailey Foundation grant award of $1,000 in 2013.)
The Board of Directors of the Tom E. Dailey Foundation Inc. is pleased to announce the approval of the following 14 grants totaling $44,765 at its August 9, 2014 quarterly board meeting.
Milwaukee Road Heritage Center$ 3,000
This Minnesota group, formed in 1992, is preserving the history of The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad, commonly known as The Milwaukee Road. They have several early Milwaukee Road railroad cars donated by Canadian Pacific.Grant funding will be used to repair/restore a 90-foot long turntable built in 1913.
Beaver Area Heritage Foundation$ 1,000
The project is to restore the Beaver rail station back to its original appearance. It will house a local genealogy collection and two classrooms. Grant will be used toward renovation of the exterior of the station.
Steam Into History$ 2,000
The group was formed in 2010 as an educational effort to provide Civil War railroad history to the general public. Visitors board a replica train which travels a 30 mile route taken by Lincoln to deliver his Gettysburg Address. The grant is for the purchase and installation of a handicap lift.
New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railway Historical Society$ 7,500
The group is restoring Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe 4-8-4 steam locomotive No. 2926 to running condition—an Albuquerque landmark of historical value. The project began in 2000 and is expected to be completed by 2016. The locomotive will be used to provide not-for-profit excursions in New Mexico in celebration of railroad heritage. The grant is for a portion of the cost of fabricating a modernized version of a brake stand subsystem to meet FRA certification.
Sarpy County Historical Society$ 2,500
The project is the restoration of a Class CA-9 caboose built in May 1967 for the Union Pacific Railroad. The grant request is for a portion of the $12,000 estimated cost to relocate and restore the interior and exterior of the caboose. The expense is for materials only. All time to be provided by retired railroad workers and Eagle Scouts.
Northwestern Pennsylvania Railroad and Tooling Heritage Center$ 4,465
Grant will be used for insulation of the exterior walls of a former trolley station as part of a capital improvement project for completion of a transportation museum. The main goal of the project is to create and operate the trolley station museum as an educational and interpretive center emphasizing the industrial history of trolley, railroad and canal transportation in northwestern PA. Eight supervised high school vocational education students will work on the restoration project.
Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, Inc.$ 3,000
The group’s collection includes a 1926 vintage suburban streetcar, Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Company (Red Arrow) center door Car 66. After serving visitors since 1974, it needs major refurbishment. Work will include repainting the exterior, reupholstering the interior, rebuilding the second truck with overhauled traction motors, replacing windows, and rebuilding the center door steps and underframe.
Austin Steam Train Association, Inc.$ 2,000
Among the group’s collection is the “Rippling Stream,” a stainless-steel, sleeper-buffet-lounge car. This car was originally delivered to the New York Central Railroad in 1949. The group was founded in 1989 and runs historic rail excursions through the Texas Hill Country, serving 27,000 passengers last year.
Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum, Inc.$ 3,300
This group has operated a working railroad museum and display site in North Judson, Indiana, since 1988. They preserve and maintain 33 miles of former Chesapeake & Ohio Railway track.The grant request is to replace 250 railroad ties.
New England Steam Corp.$ 2,000
NESCO was formed in 2012 to purchase, relocate, rebuild, and care for Maine Central #470 steam locomotive. Once complete, the locomotive will be a steam technology classroom. Funds will be used to transport the locomotive via a flat bed truck.
The Toy Train Depot$ 4,000
This Alamogordo, New Mexico, railroad historical preservation group is restoring a Chicago &Eastern Illinois caboose. Funds will be used to upgrade the electrical service and to replace the platform to the caboose.
Railroad Museum of New England, Inc.$ 2,500
This organization, in existence for 46 years, owns and maintains the historic 1881 Thomaston, Connecticut Railroad Station. The station is located in the central business district of Thomaston, and is listed on the State Register of Historic Places. The group operates Naugatuck Railroad, a 19.5 mile tourist train ride, and conducts special events at the station. Funds will be used for masonry wall repairs.
Railways To Yesterday, Inc.$ 2,500
This Allentown, PA, based group—in existence for 52 years—is restoring a Johnstown Traction Company (#311) trolley that served the city of Johnstown, PA. It is a Birney Safety Car built in 1922 by the Wason Manufacturing Company of Springfield, MA. Safety trolleys are designed to operate with just a motorman, saving the cost of the conductor. The car, which ran on the museum’s line, was removed for repairs in 2004 and is now undergoing restoration to working condition.
The Board of Directors of the Tom E. Dailey Foundation Inc. is pleased to announce the approval of the following 23 grants for a total of $79,125.00 at its May 3, 2014 meeting. We also welcome the election of Roy Wullich and re-election of Kenneth Sperl as members of the Board of Directors.
Nicholson Heritage Association, Nicholson PA - $7,500 The organization is renovating the historic DL&W railroad station in Nicholson, PA. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation funded the feasibility study and renovation costs are expected to be funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and other organizations. However, the cost of the architectural design, $78,000, must be raised by the organization. This grant will partially fund the design work.
Cristo Rey High School, Columbus OH - $10,000 Cristo Rey Columbus High School began operations in 2013 and is the 26th high school in the Cristo Rey network. Their objective is to make available the quality of eductation traditionally associated with Catholic parochial schooling to a diverse though economically marginalized population of students. This grant will support transportation for students.
Chicago Lights Urban Farm, Chicago IL - $1,500 To fund supplies and equipment at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm on a former public housing site.
Apple Ridge Farm, Copper Hill VA - $ 5,000 When not being utilized by its summer camp and environmental education programs for low income children, the organization rents out its facilities to generate additional operating income. This grant will assist with conversion of three Norfolk Southern Railway cabooses into overnight cabins for public rental.
Lake States Railway Historical Association, Inc., Middleton WI - $ 2,080 The organization is the recent beneficiary of the 42,000 photograph William Kuba Estate historical railroad photography collection. The grant will fund a specialized storage system.
American Southwestern Railway Association, Inc., Los Angeles CA, - $ 4,000 The M-177 Santa Fe Motorcar was constructed in 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio and was operated in Kansas, Missouri, and West Texas. In 1957, it was donated to the City of Los Angeles for permanent display in Griffith Park. At a cost of $120,000, the propulsive parts of the motorcar have been restored. The grant is to paint and re-letter the exterior of the car.
Northern Ohio Railway Museum, Seville OH - $ 1,000 In 2013, the Greater Cleveland RTA donated three historic rail vehicles to the Northern Ohio Railway Museum (NORM). In order to restore these cars, NORM must relocate and store three other historic railway cars that are presently in their restoration facility as it can house only three cars. This grant will partially fund the temporary wrapping of the three cars for maximum protection.
Minnesota Transportation Museum, St. Paul MN, - $ 5,000 The project will return the Great Northern parlor car #1084, the “Twin Ports,” to operation for the Osceola and St. Croix Valley Railway—the Minnesota Transportation Museum’s tourist railroad in Wisconsin. The car was retired by the Great Northern in 1969 and was scavenged for parts until purchased by the museum in 1979. While much renovation has taken place, repairs to the undercarriage, generator, and interior are still needed. All labor is provided by MTM volunteers. The grant will go towards purchasing/fabricating parts.
Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation, Harrisburg PA - $ 3,845 Funds will assist the Pennsylvania State Archives in processing segments of the historical records of the Fall Brook Coal Company (1859) and the Fall Brook Railway Company (1892). The records badly need organization and re-housing into an acid-free storage environment. Funds will be used to hire an individual for ten weeks to perform these tasks—thus ensuring the long-term preservation of this important collection. The records are in demand by coal industry scholars around the United States.
The Columbus Area International Program, Columbus OH - $ 3,500 This Ohio organization, in existence for 41 years, brings professionals from foreign countries to Columbus for short-term, intensive training in youth disabilities (hearing loss, vision impairment, other disabilities) so that they may return to their host country to train others to assist the millions of children with disabilities that go untreated due to a lack of funds or resources. In 2013, they hosted 60 individuals from 23 countries.
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, Cumberland MD - $ 7,500 The project is for the restoration of Western Maryland business car #204. The car was built by the Pullman Company in 1918 for the Western Maryland Railway as a company business car. It was equipped with a kitchen, dining area, four staterooms, restrooms, lounge, and observation deck. It was retired from service in 1972. It is one of only two remaining business cars of the Western Maryland Railway. Repairs will include bodywork, cutting rust, welding new metal, sealing windows, and painting.
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Industrial Heritage Trust, Portland ME - $ 5,500 The grant will support restoration of the Bridgton and Saco River Steam Locomotive No. 7, a 2-4-4RT Forney locomotive built in 1913 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works. The locomotive has been undergoing restoration since 2008 with $156,000 already expended. Once restored, the locomotive will be the largest operating two-foot gauge steam locomotive in the U.S.
The Center for Enriched Living (CEL), RIverwoods IL - $ 1,700 Funds will assist with transportation for the organization’s “Monday Night” program of entertainment for people with developmental disabilities who are not gainfully employed. 100% of the organization’s members have been diagnosed with developmental disabilities, are typically adults, and generally live in group residences on government aid. The Monday Night program (normally bowling) is very popular but is highly dependent upon available transportation.
Trolley Museum of New York, Kingston NY - $ 1,000 To support the exterior restoration of Brooklyn and Queens Transit PCC Trolley No. 1000. The car, built in 1935 by the Clark Equipment Co., is listed on the New York State list of historic places. It is unique in having a completely aluminum body—never again used in a PCC trolley. The funds will be used to remove the 30-year old zinc-chromate coating, some minor fabrication and repairs around the rear skirt, and repainting of the exterior.
National Railway Historical Society – Alexander Chapter, Hickory NC - $ 1,000 The grant will partially fund restoration of the Virginia Midland baggage car #1 built in 1902, and the only existing example of a southeastern narrow gauge baggage car. The organization has expended $15,000 and 1,000 man-hours to-date and will use the grant towards undercarriage hardware including the trucks, brake system, couplers, and truss rods.
Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association, Kirkland WA - $ 2,500 The association is the repository for the microfilmed Authorization for Expenditure files of The Northern Pacific Railway from 1895 to 1970. These records document many aspects of the towns that developed around railway stations and rights-of-way, often including maps of the areas in which work was to be done and correspondence with then local governmental and commercial entities. Many governmental agencies and communities have shown significant interest in the information. The grant request will be used to digitize the information and make it available on the internet.
Illinois Railway Museum, Union IL - $ 3,000 The project will partially fund the removal, inspection, and repair of 8 traction motors that power the historic North Shore Line Electroliner in advance of its 75th anniversary in 2016. The Electroliner was built in 1940 by the St. Louis Car Company and was in service from 1941 to 1963. Obtained by IRM in 1982, the car has been externally restored to its former appearance. The long-term goal of the museum is to return the car to operational condition.
Shore Line Trolley Museum, East Haven CT - $ 3,000 56 of 59 fully operational pieces of railway equipment in the Shore Line Trolley Museum were completely destroyed by Hurricane Irene in August 2011. After a detailed assessment of damage, FEMA agreed to fund the repair of the motors on the remaining cars under a 75% FEMA/25% SLTM arrangement. The organization has completed repairs on one of the cars at a cost of $33,000. For the second car, Connecticut Company “open” trolley car 1425, SLTM will use the grant to partially fund the participation agreement with FEMA.
Derby Historical Society, Ansonia CT - $ 2,000 In April 2002, the estate of Benjamin Bacon, of Derby, Connecticut, donated the Derby Junction Model Train Layout to the Derby Historical Society. Not a hobby layout, the Derby Junction is an 8’ x 12’ L-shaped N-scale layout modeled on the detailed topology and structures that existed in the communities of Ansonia, Derby, and Shelton Connecticut in 1918. The grant will assist with insulation, climate control, electrical service to the train shed, lighting fixtures, security system, and the replacement of rolling stock that was stolen. The Derby Historical Society campus is visited by over a thousand school children and visitors annually.
Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum, Bradford OH - $ 2,500 The organization operates an interactive children’s railroad learning center/museum in Bradford, Ohio. The group is renovating the basement of their building to be used to support a curriculum on highway grade crossing safety, and would also include an N-scale model of the Bradford rail yards from the early 1900s. The grant would be used to address mold problems in the basement and protect the completed work.
Chicago Botanic Gardens, Highland Park IL - $ 1,500 Among other endeavors, the group operates the Green Youth Farm, an educational program for disadvantaged youth where each year eighty 8th-12th graders learn team building, entrepreneurship, and personal empowerment while providing fresh, affordable produce to low-income, “food desert” communities. The grant will contribute to the overall operation of the program.
So. California Chapter Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, Pomona CA - $2,000 The grant will partially fund removal and restoration of 36 outside window frames in very bad condition on a Pullman Nickel Plate R.R. Business Car #6 (Carleton Club). This organization was founded in 1921 and is the oldest organization in North America devoted to railway history. They maintain an extensive exhibit at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona, California—this Pullman is part of the exhibit, but is undergoing restoration.
Union Station Foundation, Ogden UT - $ 2,500 The foundation was the recipient of 127 reels of Super8 movie film shot by a Union Pacific engineer during the 1970s. The films chronicle railroad history during those years throughout Washington, Oregon, Montana, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. The grant is to digitize the films into video files so they can be made more widely available to the public and researchers.
We are pleased to announce that the following 15 grants in the amount of $59,525.00 were approved by the Board of Directors at its quarterly meeting on July 27, 2013, bringing total 2013 grants to $140,205.00.
The grant will assist in restoration of Baldwin 0-6-0 steam engine #3 to operating condition. The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway was founded in 1972 and operates 11 miles of track in Southeastern Ohio. In addition to a direct grant of $10,000, the Foundation’s Board of Directors approved an additional Challenge Grant of up to $2,500, to match donations from other contributors to this project on a dollar-for-dollar basis through December 31, 2013.
13-060 Keokuk Union Depot Foundation , Iowa – Depot Restoration $1,500.00
Grant will assist in ongoing restoration of the historic Keokuk Union Depot. The Keokuk Union Depot Foundation has raised over $100,000 in last two years to preserve the depot.
13-061 Virginia Museum of Transportation – “Fire up the 611” $15,000.00
The “Fire up the 611” project will restore to operating condition Norfolk and Western Class J steam locomotive 611, known as the “Queen of Steam”. The locomotive will be restored in partnership with the North Carolina Transportation Museum and housed in a new 2-track maintenance facility to be built at the museum. Total project budget is $5 million, of which $750,000 is allocated to restoration of the steam engine.
13-044 American Diabetes Association of Central Ohio - Live Empowered Project $3,125.00
The Live Empowered Training4Trainers (T4T) program teaches community volunteers how to serve as ambassadors for the Project POWER educational outreach program to the African American community through faith-based institutions. The goal is to bring lifesaving educational information to prevent, control and lower the risk of complications of diabetes. Grant will fund training of at least 20 community ambassadors.
The Fostoria Rail Preservation Society raised funds to acquire the caboose in 2011. The caboose was built in 1914 and last serviced in 1959. One of three in existence, the likely traveled through Fostoria when in service. It was on static display outdoors for 50 years with little upkeep. When restored, the caboose will accurately depict the living quarters of train crews in the caboose era.
13-048 The Salvation Army - Central Ohio - After School Learning Center $2,100.00
The After School Learning Centers address the gap in academic achievement between children in targeted Columbus City Schools and children attending other central Ohio schools. The program provides supplemental reading and math instruction, homework support and test preparation to elementary and middle school students in four Columbus neighborhoods. Last year, 88% of students increased their math and reading fluency within nine weeks of enrollment.
13-049 Neighborhood Design Center (Columbus, Ohio) Streetcar District Sculpture $3,000.00
The Neighborhood Design Center seeks to increase the quality of life in neighborhoods by providing design and planning services which enhance self-awareness and economic vitality. The NDC has been working with the Streetcar District neighborhood to create a vision for Livingston Avenue through a Safer Neighborhoods UWCO Grant. This grant will partially fund the cost of a second Streetcar District sculpture planned for summer 2014 installation.
13-050 Friends of the Valley Railroad, Connecticut - Restoration of 1926 Cabin Car $1,800.00
Grant will assist in exterior cosmetic restoration of a Pennsylvania Railroad cabin car (caboose). Replacement of rotted metal has been completed and next phase is sandblasting, bondo and painting in original Pennsylvania Railroad livery. The car has served and continues to serve as FVRR’s rolling ambassador to the public at the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat during operating season and is seen by more than 140,000 people per year.
13-051 Southern Forest Heritage Museum , Louisiana -Restoration of 1937 Motor Car $2,500.00
The organization operates a circa 1910 historical 60-acre sawmill complex located at Long Leaf, LA including over 30 buildings, three locomotives and major pieces of steam-powered logging and milling equipment. Several miles of railroad track have been developed. The Motor Car was restored to operating condition in 2009 and about 6,000 children and parents have ridden it to experience the history of the sawmill complex. The grant will assist in additional restoration including air tank/compressor, sanding system, windows, insulation and braking system.
13-052 Medina Railroad Museum, New York - Café Car Restoration $2,000.00
The grant will assist in restoration of a café car which will be used with 2 EMD E-8 locomotives and three other dining cars to create the dinner train reminiscent of the famous 20th Century Limited. The project has been ongoing since January 2013 and is expected to be completed by March 2014.
13-053 NRHS-Alexander Chapter, North Carolina - Truck/Coupler Acquisition $3,500.00
Truck and Coupler acquisition for restored boxcar #401 from the Chester & Lenoir Narrow Gauge railroad. The boxcar was built circa 1875 and is one of the oldest pieces of American freight railroad equipment in existence.
The grant will assist in the ongoing development of the Bradford Railroad Museum which was founded in 2002 to preserve the railroad history of Bradford. The Museum acquired a former bank building in 2006 and completed interior/exterior restoration in 2010.
13-055 New England Electric Railway Hist. Soc.-Blackpool England Tram Restoration $2,500.00
Supporting the final phase of a project to restore a double deck tram from Blackpool England to operating condition. This will be the only operating double deck tram in the U.S. Funds will be used to repair motors. Organization has operated the Seashore Trolley Museum for 75 years.
13-056 Empire State Railway Museum Inc., New York - Rescuing the Lion Gardiner $4,000.00
Grant will assist in restoration of the 1914 Pullman-built dining car Lion Gardiner. The Empire State Railway Museum has been in existence for 45 years.
13-058 Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad Assn. (KS)-Batteries for ALCO S-1 Locomotive $2,000.00
Funding will assist in acquisition of new batteries to keep the 1944 ALCO S-1 diesel-electric locomotive operating, which makes approximately 200 trips per operating season. The Association operates a tourist excursion train over an 11-mile round trip route through the Smoky River Valley of Kansas, carrying 12,000 passengers annually.
We are pleased to announce that the following 21 grants totaling $56,680 were approved during the April 27, 2013 meeting of the Board of Directors:
13-008 West Chester Railroad, West Chester, PA - $1,500 – Station Road Crossing Rehabilitation
The project will assist in rehabilitation of a deteriorated crossing over a public roadway, allowing safe and efficient operation of trains. The West Chester Railroad Heritage Association is an all-volunteer, not for profit organization whose purpose is to collect, preserve and exhibit railroad equipment and artifacts and operate a demonstration railroad for the education and enjoyment of the public.
13-010 Minnesota Streetcar Museum - $1,000 – George K. Isaacs Carbarn Expansion
The project will assist in building an addition to the existing George K. Isaacs streetcar barn and shop to house restored Winona, Minnesota streetcar #10 built in 1913. The museum opened in 1962 and opened the Como-Harriet streetcar line in 1971 and the Excelsior streetcar line in 1999.
13-012 Chicago & North Western Historical Society - $2,000 – Scanning Historic Railroad Maps
The grant will partially fund a project to scan a priceless collection of railroad maps. The Chicago & North Western Historical Society was created in 1973 to preserve and publish the history of the Chicago & North Western railroad. It serves historians, authors, railroad enthusiasts, historical societies and others.
13-013 Pennsylvania Trolley Museum - $1,500 – Artifact Preservation Building
The grant will assist in building the Artifact Preservation Building, which will be an 8,640 square foot structure for long term storage of streetcars and spare parts. The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum’s mission is to preserve and interpret Pennsylvania’s trolley era. It was founded in 1953.
13-014 Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society - $2,000 – “Listen for the Whistle” Documentary Video
The FWRHS is commissioning a cinematic documentary and public awareness campaign showcasing the restoration, ongoing maintenance and operation of its 1944 steam locomotive number 765. The FWRHS has been in existence for 41 years with a mission to preserve and operate historical railroad equipment relevant to the steam era in the Midwest.
13-015 Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum, North Judson, IN - $2,500 – Museum Enhancement Project
The project will partially enable the purchase of 252 crossties to replace worn crossties from the 1950’s on the museum’s operating track. The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum operates tourist heritage trains between North Judson-English Lake and LaCrosse, Indiana on a seasonal basis.
13-016 Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society, North Freedom, WI – $1,500 - Coach Restoration
Partial funding for restoration of the museum’s Delaware Lackawanna and Western Railroad coaches, which have been in continual service since 1914. Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society was founded in 1959 to perpetuate the heritage of steam railroads through the operation and display of authentic railroad equipment.
13-017 Colfax Railroad Museum, Colfax, WI - $2,880 – Purchase of Display Cases for Railroad China
The grant will fund purchase of display cases for the museum’s large collection of railroad dining car china. The museum is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and interpretive display of western Wisconsin’s railroad heritage.
13-019 Friends of the 261 - $4,000 – Skytop Lounge “Cedar Rapids” Window Restoration
The grant will partially fund F.R.A. type 2 glazing on the Milwaukee Road Skytop lounge car “Cedar Rapids”. The organization’s mission is to restore and operate Milwaukee Road steam locomotive #261 and its matched historic passenger train consist on mainline excursion trains for the historic benefit of the general public.
The grant will partially fund restoration of a pair of 1964 vintage Chicago elevated transit cars to their as-built appearance. These revolutionary cars were among the first to feature air conditioning and fluorescent lighting and “space age” design elements. The Illinois Railway Museum educates the public on our nation’s railroad and railway history.
13-027 Chicago Botanic Garden - $2,000 – Green Youth Farm
The Green Youth Farm project of the Chicago Botanic Garden is a youth development program in sustainable urban agriculture, serving students ages 13-18 at four small urban farms. Students serve their own communities by demonstrating how to prepare healthy dishes and selling food boxes with recipes at offices of Women, Infants and Children (WIC) centers. The mission of the Chicago Botanic Garden is to promote the enjoyment, understanding and conservations of plants and the natural world.
The grant will partially fund restoration of passenger cards from the railroad’s historic fleet. The ARPS was started in 1992 and has returned nearly 70 miles of track to passenger service, operating seasonal service through pristine mountain terrain in the Adirondacks.
13-030 Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) - $4,000 – Ohio and Illinois Chapter Challenge
The grant will allow disadvantaged students to attend the SADD national conference. SADD is a chapter-based, peer to peer youth education, prevention and activism organization.
13-031 Society for Preservation of Onley Train Station, Onancock, VA - $1,000 – “Play withTrains”
SPOTS is renovating a 127-year old freight station on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and filling the station with model trains for children to play with. The counties served by this organization are among the lowest literacy rates in Virginia with few diversions for children.
13-034 Center for Enriched Living, Riverwoods, IL - $2,000 – No Fee Transportation Assistance
The grant will fund no-fee transportation for people with developmental disabilities to access CEL’s programs to help these individuals overcome their personal barriers. The Center for Enriched Living’s mission is that people with developmental disabilities be fully included in the community, achieve personal success and enjoy a good quality of life.
13-036 Chicago Lights Urban Farm - $1,500 – Urban Farm
The Chicago Lights Urban Farm empowers children, youth and adults in the Near North Chicago neighborhood through increased access to healthy affordable food and economic opportunities. The farm also provides a stabilizing presence in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green neighborhood.
13-037 Army Transportation Museum Foundation - $2,500 – Renovate Berlin Duty Train Car
The grant will be used for repair and painting of a Berlin Duty Train car, which represents a significant piece of Cold War history that cannot be replicated as most of the other cars no longer exist or are no longer available to museums. The train operated from 1945 to 1990 and transported tens of thousands of soldiers and their dependents from West Germany to Berlin and vice-versa.
13-038 Nevada Northern Railway Museum - $13,800 – Wig-Wag Signal Installation
This grant will fully fund the installation of a pair of restored, very rare Western Railroad Supply Model 5 Autoflag Wig-Wag signals from the 1930’s. The signals were original to the railroad and will be restored to operation along original track to protect a grade crossing in the museum’s rail yard.
13-040 Beverly Historical Society and Museum, Beverley, MA - $1,000 – Custom Vitrines for Models
The grant will partially fund the purchase of custom vitrines to protect locomotive models in the Walker Transportation Collection, which are among the museum’s most important objects. The museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and disseminate the regional history of Beverly, Massachusetts.
13-042 Harmony Project, Columbus, OH - $2,500 – Peace, Love and Harmony Concerts
The Harmony Project’s mission is to build community through music and service, uniting people of very diverse backgrounds through musical training and performance while working side-by-side in collective service.
The grant will partially fund a project to scan, print and preserve approximately 4,000 photographic negatives and slides in the collection of the NWPRRHS. The society was founded in 1983 with a mission of preserving the railroad heritage of the Redwood Empire in northern coastal California.
The following grants totaling $25,000 were approved by the Board of Directors:
$5,000 - Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society, Inc., #13-001
Founded 2001, the Society is currently restoring three historic dining cars to operate on county-owned railroad between Scranton and Delaware Water Gap. This will be an important addition to tourism in the Pocono Mountain area and provide economic boost to the region. Grant will be used towards completion of restoration including updating kitchen equipment to meet health codes and interior refurbishment to return car to original appearance. Planned completion Fall 2013.
$2,000 - German Village Society - Huntington Gardens, #13-002
Beautification project for Huntington Gardens in Schiller Park, Columbus, Ohio. Purchase of plants and plant material plus professional trimming of 300 boxwoods and other miscellaneous expenses. The gardens are visited by tens of thousands annually.
$10,000 – Center for Railroad Photography and Art, #13-003
To present an exhibition at the Chicago History Museum called “Faces of Chicago’s Railroad Community: Photographs by Jack Delano”. Will comprise 60 photographs from 1942-43 and narratives about each of 48 individual workers. Will also publish a 224 page catalog with additional photographs, expanded narratives and essays by leading scholars. Show will run April 4, 2014 to August 10, 2015. The Center was founded in 1997 and is a national nonprofit arts and educational organization based in Madison, WI. They operate an extensive traveling exhibition program, an annual conference, an archival partnership with Lake Forest College, a journal, books and catalogs and online activities.
$2,500 – Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum Inc., #13-004
To build a fire-resistant car barn to store trolley car no. 10, with room for restoration work on a second trolley body. Total cost is $75,000 of which $28,000 has been raised. Museum was founded in 1992. This grant will be used for site preparation, foundation and track work.
$4,000 – Travel Town Museum Foundation., #13-005
“Little Nugget” restoration project – Light Fixture Replacement. Little Nugget is a 1937 dormitory-lounge that served on the Union Pacific Streamliner “City of Los Angeles” in the 1930’s-1950’s. The most challenging aspect of the interior restoration is the replacement of missing/damaged light sconces. The estimated cost is $12,000 to replace three of the sconces and repair several others, and for the electrical work. Work will begin as soon as funds are received and will require several weeks to make castings and complete the assemblies. The museum, with more than 300,000 annual visitors, is operated by the City of Los Angeles and is located in Griffith Park.
$1,500 – Lake States Railway Historical Assn., Inc., #13-006
The CRI&P Drawing Project goal is to sort, describe, catalog, repair and properly store as many as 15,000 technical drawings of Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad equipment. The grant will partially fund a year-long effort to catalog these drawings. Volunteers will contribute approximately 2000 hours to unroll, describe and store these drawings. The lsrha.org website currently lists 22,531 items in its searchable catalog.
Tom E. Dailey Foundation Inc., 70 W. Madison St., Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60602.