What do you think?
Many of us have walked by our beloved Sierra Railway Exhibit with a warm place in our heart for how it was created, and regret that it no longer functions. I'd like to put out a plea to the community regarding this model train display at the back of the Pole Barn here at the museum.
Having checked with Chuck Schneider and Jim Miller, our museum historians, to the best of our my knowledge the display has sat in an inoperative state for at least the last fourteen years. The foundation has recently conducted a formal assessment and, we are in agreement that if we wish to have a Sierra Railway Exhibit that operates, educates and excites our visitors – we need to start from scratch.
That said, I'd like to dismantle the current display – retaining any essential parts that could potentially be reused in a reimagined exhibit, and use this new space to display artifacts that are currently boxed and shelved. The result would be new exhibits to see each time you visit!
I want to assure the community that we still will have a Sierra Railroad display, but it might be a couple of years off. As you read earlier, the foundation has taken the formal steps necessary to potentially tap in to federal funds to build a new, engaging, and interactive exhibit that connects with today’s museum audiences in a way that will really bring the Sierra Railway innovation and achievement to life!
If anyone has any objections to us dismantling the old display, please contact us as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm for the Angels Camp Museum.