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Railway Museum of San Angelo earns Award of Merit

The museum received the award for its significant contributions to historical preservation, education and community outreach.
Credit: Railway Museum of San Angelo

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The Railway Museum of San Angelo announced it received the Award of Merit from the Texas Historical Commission.

According to a Railway Museum of San Angelo press release, the museum received the Award of Merit Feb. 21 for significant contributions to historical preservation, education and community outreach. 

"We were impressed by the museum's successful efforts in engaging and educating the community, as well as by its quick pivot toward online programming during the pandemic,"  the History Programs Division of the Texas Historical Commission director wrote. 

At the beginning of the pandemic business and organizations were forced to close, however, The Railway Museum of San Angelo saw an opportunity to help during the COVID-19 shutdown, according to the release. 

Weekly virtual outreach programs such as Tunes on the Track, Rail Tales and Art Aboard! were created to engage, educate and entertain the community by  Railway Museum of San Angelo president, Suzana Valenzuela. 

Since 2019, Railway Museum members began the mission to make the museum an active space for the community and a place people could visit and learn about the railroad heritage. The museum has hosted many community-based events, including outreach events for the Hispanic community.

The museum is currently offering Living History tours where visitors can experience guided tours of the museum by different groups dressed in 1800's attire. 

The museum will host a six-week membership drive beginning Mar. 13 and will include living history tours and scavenger hunts from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. every Saturday.

The membership drive will end with a Railway Days Festival Apr. 17.

Donations can be made online at sanagnelorailway.org.