By Michael Pineda
Efforts to reopen several of Yukon’s museum can be described as, “Full Steam Ahead.”
Historical Society President Alan Ridgeway said several people have joined the effort to volunteer, clean up and organize the Farm, Railroad and Historical museums.
“It definitely is exciting to get people to come in and do volunteer work,” he said.
Exhibits are being reset and cleaned up in both the boxcar, which houses the Railroad Museum and the Farm Museum. Among the volunteers helping out last week were Mayor Shelli Selby and her husband Bart along with Rick Cacini.
“We are working hard to get them up and running,” Mayor Selby said. “Currently you can call to get a tour. But the historical museum, the middle train car, is not viewable. So, right now, the ones that we have open are the Farm Museum, which has two buildings. Also the first train car, which has the Railroad Museum in it. The third train car, we are working to make that an event caboose to where you can have birthday parties, showers or family reunions.”
The middle train car houses the Historical Museum. Selby said work is taking place and volunteers are needed to help sort through information, reorganize and get the car to where it can be opened up with set hours.
The first day of volunteers consisted of organizing the Farm Museum storage and making room for items that are currently in the museum. Storage items were sifted through to see if they needed to be discarded while the contents of some boxes were combined and labeled. Selby said plans are to start working on the restrooms within the museum.
While the Farm Museum is owned by the Historical Society, the three train cars are owned by the city of Yukon.
The city is putting in a new door on the Railroad Museum. Selby said the city is also going to put electricity in both ends of the middle car as well to make it more usable.
Selby said the majority of work will simply take some elbow grease. The Historical Society is looking to grow it’s membership. The cost is only $10 but Selby noted it does not take a membership to volunteer.
The Railroad and Farm Museum are open for tours and volunteer help from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Railroad Museum is located at 328 Cedar Avenue and the Farm Museum is across the road is at 231 Cedar Ave.
“We want to preserve our culture and open those trains up,” Selby said.