A new railroad exhibit is in the works at the National Railroad Museum and Hall of Fame Inc. in Hamlet, thanks to some local college students.
“This (project) is part of an introduction to the public history course,” said Professor David Herr. The students, who attend St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, are working on the project for academic credit.
The students work with other museums and projects to gain practical application and experience. They have worked with the Railroad Museum for the past two years, Herr said.
Tim Nevinger, president of the National Railroad Museum and Hall of Fame, said people can come and see the work-in-progress, but the exhibit will be finished next year. He said the museum will constantly add things to the exhibit.
Everything in the museum is donated, according to Nevinger, and once donated, the artifacts never leave.
The walk-through exhibit will include a telegraph office, ticket office, dispatch office, a replica of a caboose and passenger car and a Richmond County and Hamlet history section.
The museum is operated by volunteers and admission is free. Nevinger said some of the funding comes from donations, the gift shop and also the honor board.
The honor board is to show appreciation for loved ones with a bronze plaque that is engraved with the loved one’s name. The plaques cost $100 and are displayed on the board in the museum.
The museum is the first and original non-profit railroad museum in Hamlet. It was founded by a local garden club in the early Seaboard Air Line days and was incorporated in as a non-profit museum in 1976.
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