Museum Welcomes New Director
Museum staff and volunteers welcome Jeffrey Bliemeister, who joins the Museum in October 2014.
Bliemeister has more than 25 years of professional museum experience. He most recently directed the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum in Galeton, Pennsylvania, where he oversaw renovations to and expansion of the visitor center. Additionally, he served as director at the Holland Land Office Museum in Batavia, New York; Hyde Hall New York State Historic Site in Springfield, New York and Renfrew Museum and Park in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.
Bliemeister also was the founding curator at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He has extensive experience in collections management, exhibitions and interpretive programs, community-based fund raising and working with volunteers.
He holds a bachelor's degree in history from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a master’s degree in history/museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, a cooperative venture between the New York State Historical Association and SUNY at Oneonta.
Public WIFI Installed in Museum
A free WIFI system has been made available for visitors. In conjunction with this service, a number of videos have been made available by either scanning QR codes located at exhibits, or on kiosks. See details and explanatory video here.
Online Library & Archives Catalog Updated
The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania has again updated its online catalog. Over 4,000 new thumbnails have been added to existing entries and include Baldwin Locomotive Works and Budd Company builder's photos and assorted railroad photos from our Richard Gladulich slide collection and our general negative collection.
The Museum's special collection of employee timetables has also been fully cataloged. Additionally, many general negative entries have been revised and several thousand new entries created for our Gladulich slide collection.
Library cataloging continued with 38 new listings and other entries updated to show multiple copies of the same work.
This long-term project has received previous support from the North American Railway Foundation, and currently is being assisted by a grant from the Norfolk Southern Foundation. More information on the grant here.
The online catalog system is operated for the Friends of the Railroad Museum by Andornot, a major implementer of Inmagic advanced catalog systems.
For more information, and to consult the online catalog go here.
Major New Funding
Substantial funding received for new Roundhouse, major exhibits, No. 460 restoration, Street Scene. Information.
Cabin Car Restored.
PRR Cabin Car No. 478396 has been extensively restored to Broad Top livery. Details.
Historic Bridge Saved
The Museum has saved one of the oldest surviving metal railroad bridges in the United States. Details.