Tuesday, December 16, 2014

B&O Railroad Museum 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The B&O Railroad Museum (Museum) in Baltimore, Maryland invites applications for its 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. The SURF will commence on or about June 15, 2015 and culminate with the submission of a paper no later than December 15, 2015. The Hays T. Watkins Research Library and Archive at the Museum will be made available for your use but Fellows will be expected to use other local, regional and national repositories as well.

One fellowship will be awarded in the six categories listed below. The stipend for each Fellowship is $2,000. One quarter of the stipend will be paid upon selection; the second quarter payment will be made on or around September 1, 2015 with the remainder of the stipend awarded upon submission of the research paper. The research paper should reflect the result of successful original primary and secondary source research conducted by the Fellow and be no less than 5,000 words. The Fellow will grant non-exclusive unlimited use of the research and research paper to the B&O Railroad Museum, Inc. including permission to publish the paper on the Museum's blog.

Designed to promote scholarship among college and university students in the United States the following categories of research are available.

The Charles and Mary Kay Nabit Fellowship in Early American Railroad History
Spans the period of 1750-1840 in American History.

The Brooke, McDonald and Company Fellowship in American Railroad Business Studies
Spans the period of 1825 to present in American History.

The Edward and Lynn St. John Fellowship in Railroad Engineering Studies
Spans the period of 1825 to present in American History.

The Samuel L. Waldschmidt Fellowship in American Railroad Labor Studies
Spans the period of 1840 to present in American History.
 
The B&O Railroad Museum Fellowship in African-American Railroad Studies
Spans the period of 1825 to present in American History.
 
The Eleanor Abell Owen Fellowship in Women's Railroad Studies
Spans the period of 1860 to present in American History.

Who may apply?
Any sophomore, junior or senior in an accredited undergraduate college or university in the United States.

How to apply?
Please submit your curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation (from individuals familiar with your research and writing) and the Fellowship category for which your are applying. In addition submit a two to four page proposal describing your research project including your planned topic with a list of proposed repositories, other than the Hays T. Watkins Research Library and Archive at the B&O Railroad Museum where research will be conducted. Your proposal shall be created using Times New Roman 12 point font and 1" margins. 

Mail applications to:
B&O Railroad Museum
SURF Review Board
901 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21223
 
Email applications will be accepted if, and only if, the submission is presented as a PDF (*.pdf)
Email applications should be sent to:
director@borail.org
 
Deadline:
Applications must be postmarked by April 10, 2015. Awards will be announced on May 15, 2015.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Courtney Wilson & Myrtle Johnson
Steve Madewell & Myrtle Johnson



On Thursday, November 20 the B&O Railroad Museum staff provided Myrtle Johnson with a surprise retirement brunch in appreciation for her 24 years of dedicated service to the museum. Courtney Wilson, Executive Director of the B&O Railroad Museum, first provided Myrtle and the staff with a pop culture list of “What Was Happening in the World in 1990”, when Myrtle began her employment.  Myrtle was then presented a framed photo of the Roundhouse signed by all the B&O Staff, who also gave her a gift certificate in appreciation of her service and friendship. Mr. Wilson next presented on behalf of the staff and board of directors a cup and saucer of the B&O’s Centenary Blue China nestled inside an engraved wooden box. However it was the “golden broom” that director of education, Steve Madewell, made exclusively for Myrtle that symbolized how Myrtle’s hands have kept every surface of the museum shiny and clean for all of these years. Her dedication and love for this site reaches to infinity. Her daily presence will be missed by all who know and love her.  Happy Retirement Myrtle! We’ll miss you!

Friday, October 24, 2014

November 2014 Volunteer of the Month

The B&O Railroad Museum is pleased to recognize Garry Pace as the November 2014 Volunteer of the Month. Garry has been a volunteer for over 4 years and in this short time has made a big impact on the museum especially in the area of rail operations. Garry has just completed and is beginning training on new rules and procedures regarding rail operations. He is also in the process of obtaining his engineers' certification. You can find him with Railroad Engineer Dwayne McCoy switching cars, repairing track and locomotives or flagging the crossings. He and his wife also represented the museum at the Western Maryland Scenic Railroads Steel Wheels this past September. Thank you Garry for all of your time, talents, kindness, and love for history. We are so fortunate to have you on our team! We could not do it without you.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mr. Masaki Ooshida, Director of The Railway Museum signs the affiliation agreement with Mr. Satoshi Seino, CEO of JR East looking on.
Mr. Kanji Yamanouchi, Minister of Economic Affairs, Embassy of Japan; Mayor of Baltimore, the Honorable Stephanie Rawlings-Blake; Mr. Courtney B. Wilson, Executive Director of the B&O Railroad Museum; Mr. Masaki Ooshida, Director of The Railway Museum; Mr. Satoshi Seino, CEO of JR East and Mr. Francis X. Smyth, Chairman B&O Railroad Museum Board of Directors.


On Friday September 5, 2014 the B&O Railroad Museum signed a formal affiliations agreement with The Railway Museum in Saitama City, Japan just North of Tokyo. A press conference was held in the B&O’s historic Roundhouse and was attended by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Director of Smithsonian Affiliations Harold Closter, B&O Board members, Executive Director Courtney Wilson and 12 delegates from Japan including the Minister for Economic Affairs and the Counselor of Transportation from the Embassy of Japan. Our Japanese guests also included the Director of The Railway Museum, the CEO of the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) and other representatives from the Museum and JR East. A celebratory luncheon was held following the ceremony where Maryland Secretary of State John McDonough presented a Governor’s Citation to Mr. Satoshi Seino, Chairman of JR East and Chairman of the East Japan Railway Culture Foundation commemorating the new relationship.

The sisterhood agreement will enable the two museums to exchange collections, expertise, technology, personnel, education programs and best practices. In addition both museums will launch a marketing campaign to draw visitors East to West and West to East.

A plaque commemorating the affiliation was unveiled at the ceremony. B&O Board Chair Francis Smyth and Executive Director Courtney Wilson will visit The Railway Museum in Saitama City in the Fall of 2015 to officially unveil a similar plaque in the Japanese museum.

The event was covered widely by the media in both the United States and Japan.

Time Fischer’s work Trains Unlimited in the 21st Century recognized both the B&O and The Railway Museum in the Top Ten Railroad Museums in the world.

Please visit The Railway Museum’s website for further information:
October 2014 Volunteer of the Month
Star Spangled Spectacular Booth at Baltimore Harbor's Rash Field

The B&O Railroad Museum is pleased to recognize all of the B&O volunteers and staff who worked at the B&O booth at Baltimore's Star Spangled Spectacular the weekend of September 12-14. Long hours were spent making pipe-cleaner star bubble wands and bath tub navy ships, but visitors loved making them with their children and they were a huge hit. When volunteers and staff were not helping out making these crafts, they were eagerly promoting the B&O Railroad Museum, Mount Clare Museum House, and all events planned from now to Spring of 2015. Volunteers were Carol & Dave Erhardt, Jim Kinnear, Patrick Kirn, Jim Maitland, Pete Schap, Judy & Ron Sperling, Al Stominski, Marty Yaker, & Ed Zehler. B&O staff were Amanda Barrett, Kathy Hargest, Jane Harper, Ben Kirn, Dana Kirn, Steve Madewell, Ashley Portrey, and Brad White.

Many thanks to all of you for sharing your time and talents! This marketing event for the Museums could not have been possible without all of your help! We are so fortunate to have you on our team!





Thursday, August 28, 2014

September 2014 Volunteer of the Month
Randy Richardson

The B&O Railroad Museum is pleased to recognize Randy Richardson as the September 2014 Volunteer of the Month!
Randy recently returned to volunteering at the B&O Railroad Museum. He was first here  for a few years before the Roundhouse roof collapse President's Day 2003. He is part of the Friday crew. His love for the B&O and its history is easy to see. He is always talking with visitors and spending as much time as needed with them to answer all their questions.
Randy, thank you for sharing your time, talents, kindness, and love for history. We are so fortunate to have you on our team! We could not do it without you!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

You're invited: Press Conference commemorating Sister Museum





The Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the B&O Railroad Museum,
cordially invite you to a Press Conference
commemorating the formal affiliation between
the B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore

Friday, September 5, 2014
at the B&O Railroad Museum
901 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21223
11:00am: Press Conference

Attire: Business Dress
Free Parking