Kentucky Museum Seeking Rail Artifacts

A Kentucky group is seeking the donation of railroad artifacts that will be used in a museum planned for a Louisville & Nashville depot in Corbin, Ky.

The museum, which expects to open on May 9, 2015, is a collaborative venture involving the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission, the Louisville & Nashville Historical Society, CSX and Eastern Kentucky University

The museum is items that will illuminate the region’s railroad heritage. This includes such thing as photographs, newspaper articles, documents, uniforms, hats, pins, belt buckles, bells, whistles, watches, signs, manuals, lanterns, tools, locks, audio or video, posters, radios, train sheets, diagrams, paintings, letters, patches, locomotive plates, tickets and china/dishes.

Jeffrey Cawood, an EKU senior sociology major and intern with the Corbin tourism bureau, said the museum will have a number of themed areas and that artifacts will be placed strategically within the appropriate themes.

“Artifacts are vital to the success of the museum,” Cawood said. “Without them, we’re merely telling a story. When we add the artifacts, the sights and sounds, we are both preserving history and invoking an unparalleled emotional response.”

Those who wish to donate artifacts to the museum should contact the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission Office at 606-528-8860 or at info@corbinkytourism.com, or Cawood at jeffrey_cawood4@mymail.eku.edu.

Donors can bring items to a “Call for Artifacts” event to be held on Feb. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the L&N Depot, 101 N. Depot St. in Corbin.

 

 

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