The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum is looking for people interested in helping to make the museum a great place to visit.
“We are looking for community members interested in the future of the Museum and believe that the museum can enrich the lives of its visitors and help build a better community,” said Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum Director, Stephanie Long. “We want people to bring energy and ideas to the table that will help utilize the museum to its fullest potential.”
Primary responsibilities include helping with special events, assisting in the construction of exhibits, serving as docents with tour groups, assisting with educational programs, and helping to fundraise. Another way volunteers can assist is serving on the committee to provide community input with the upcoming strategic planning process which will help set the vision and goals for the future of the museum.
The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum was founded in 1973 to collect, preserve, and exhibit the history of the railroads and local history of Central Texas. Originally housed in the 1907 Moody Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Depot, it was moved to the current location, the historic Santa Fe Depot, in 2000. The current mission of the Railroad and Heritage Museum is to collect, preserve, and exhibit the history the city of Temple and of railroading in the Southwest United States, in order to engage a diverse audience in appreciating their heritage as a part of the foundation for their future. The Museum accomplishes this through an archives collection, exhibitions, programs, and publications that enlighten, educate, and entertain all ages.
“We want to refine this mission and get more of the community involved in planning for the future of the museum. The more ideas and suggestions we receive from members of the community, the better we will be able to ensure a great museum for everyone to enjoy,” said Long.
Individuals with interest or experience with public relations, fundraising, finance, law, education, community engagement or just want to help make the Railroad and Heritage Museum the best museum it can be, are encouraged to join in and help. Knowledge of railroad history is not required.
For more information on volunteering for the museum, please contact Stephanie Long at 254.298.5194.