UPDATE Thursday, February 28, 2019: Today is the last day to donate on The Museum on Tower Hill’s GoFundMe account to raise funds for the #TraintoTowerHill fundraiser. You can still donate to the Train Fundraiser outside of the Museum’s GoFundMe campaign by visiting The Museum on Tower Hill website.
The Museum on Tower Hill is quickly approaching its deadline date of February 28th to raise money for its #TraintoTowerHill Fundraising effort.
The museum is currently looking to raise $5,000 through a GoFundMe account by the end of the month as part of a larger plan to renovate the E. Roy Smith Gallery where the train replica will be installed.
Museum Curator/Manager Nadine Hammond says the train model is an exciting addition the West Parry Sound District Museum for a variety of reasons.
“The Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound Railway had a significant impact on the West Parry Sound District and continues to play a significant role today. The old railway bed is the foundation of the Seguin Trail, the Rosepoint swing bridge continues to provide access to Wasauksing, and Depot Harbour continues to fascinate people”.
The model brings to life the glory days of the railroad, transporting you back in time and suddenly it is clear how much time, Hammond says, has altered the landscape including Depot Harbour, one of the busiest ports in the country in the 1920s.
Hammond says the train model itself has been donated to the Museum, but in order to install it, the Museum needs to significantly alter the current layout of the E Roy Smith Gallery including replacing the current flooring.
In total, $150,000 will be spent to revitalize the gallery.
Hammond adds, “This project will be an ongoing initiative that will not end with the installation of the model, the goal is to replace the current exhibits with exhibits and experiences that are of equal quality to one currently on display”.
“We were very fortunate that an anonymous donor stepped up and offered to match all donations for this project made in February up to $5,000. We appreciate all the support from the community and hope that they will continue to support us as we re-imagine the E Roy Smith Gallery over the next year”.