Siouxland Historical Railroad Association Railroad Museum

The Iron Horse #1355 Great Northern steam locomotive is shown in 2016 at the Siouxland Historical Railroad Association's Milwaukee Shops Railroad Museum. Sioux City Journal photo by Tim Hynds

Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY  |  The Sioux City Railroad Museum received a $40,000 grant from Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Council Conducted Partnership program.

The grant is a lead investment to help fund the railroad museum’s new Signature project celebrating the 100th Anniversary History of the Milwaukee Railroad Shops Historic District. The overall project is expected to cost $80,000.

The Sioux City Railroad Museum will develop educational programs around the history of the site in Sioux City: the former Sioux City Roundhouse, Repair Shops and Engine Terminal, including a permanent exhibit, public heritage education programs and a pictorial history book.

The exhibit project is already in the early design stages by nationally known museum design consultant Robert Bodnar. The exhibit called the First One Hundred Years will be housed in the blacksmith workshop and occupy a footprint of 1,600 square feet. Fourteen themed components will bring the railroad shops’ history to life, showcasing the work life of the railroad worker.

A fundraising campaign is being launched to invite members of the business community, railroad workers’ family members, individuals and groups to participate in making this exhibit and pictorial history book come alive. A goal of $40,000 has been set for the campaign.


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