JOHNSON CITY (July 10, 2013) — East Tennessee State University’s George L. Carter Railroad Museum has been awarded a $2,500 National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) Heritage Grant. Only 16 grants were awarded in the highly competitive national contest. The funding will be used by the museum and the George L. Carter Chapter of NRHS to collect oral histories of area residents who share their memories of Southern Appalachian railroading.
The Philadelphia-based NRHS is the nation’s largest rail enthusiast organization and has been the leading advocate for rail preservation in the United States since 1935. Beginning in 1991, NRHS began giving matching grants for projects which preserve, educate or publish railway history. To date, the organization has awarded over half a million dollars in grants to NRHS chapters and other groups.
The Carter Railroad Museum is located on the ETSU campus in the Campus Center Building at 100 Ross Drive.
The museum includes model railroad layouts and a children’s activity room. A new addition, dedicated to the Tweetsie line, officially known as the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad, is under construction.
Members of the Mountain Empire Model Railroaders club work in conjunction with the museum to demonstrate and maintain the model layouts, museum exhibits and other projects.
For more information, call Dr. Fred Alsop, the museum’s director, at (423) 439-6838.