YARMOUTH, Maine — Seashore Trolley Museum is currently focusing its development efforts on fund-raising for campus improvements and building repairs. The project received a major boost from The Davis Family Foundation in Yarmouth, Maine, which awarded the museum a $50,000 grant.
According to executive director Sally Bates, “Infrastructure repairs and improvements will enhance the Museum’s appearance and the visitor experience, while addressing an absolutely critical need to provide facilities that will adequately preserve and protect our collections.”
Seashore Trolley Museum is the operating entity of New England Electric Railway Historical Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Traditionally, nearly all funding for its campus infrastructure and vehicle restorations has been provided by museum members. While the membership has responded generously to the current appeal for donations, the organization is also reaching out to the public for assistance with this campaign. As Bates describes that decision, “The Board of Trustees supports new programming that is broadening the audiences served by the museum, and is focused on making Seashore a stronger community partner and resource than ever before. We are growing the ranks of those who feel like they are truly part of the future of the world’s oldest and largest museum of its kind. Inviting our neighbors to become donors is a very tangible way of inviting them to become stakeholders as well. I am currently contacting community organizations and service groups to share our plans and explain the fund-raising program.”
The museum has created donor recognition levels and naming opportunities in support of the fund-raising effort. All donations to New England Electric Railway Historical Society are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by IRS regulations. Anyone interested in the details of the campus improvement program, or receiving a donor pledge package should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (207)967-2800, ext. 101.
Seashore Trolley Museum is located at 195 Log Cabin Road, Kennebunkport, Maine. www.trolleymuseum.org