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B&ORR Museum Project Illustrates Impact of Small Yet Strategic Investments

March 1 2016

Sometimes a small investment can make a big difference. That was our objective when we launched the Heritage Investment Grant (HIG) program in late 2014. In 2015, the heritage area awarded $200,000 to support a variety of projects enhancing and promoting our cultural resources, museums, and historic attractions.

It’s been a year since the first award, and we’re starting to see the effects of this grant program. We’ll be using our blog to showcase the projects and how a modest investment can lead to better things for the amazing resources we have in Baltimore.

The B&O Railroad Museum was one of the first HIG recipients. This beloved Baltimore institution was working on the last installment of The War Came By Train, a comprehensive five-year commemoration of the Civil War’s sesquicentennial. The final piece of the museum’s project explores the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and his death’s impact on Baltimore, Maryland, and the nation.

BNHA’s $7,500 grant funded exhibits in the iconic roundhouse and the museum annex. The displays included artifacts from Lincoln’s funeral procession and a model of the president’s funeral train. Funds also went to the recreation of a funeral procession, specifically the rental of a casket for the grand ceremony. 

The War Came By Train was a huge success for the B&O Railroad Museum and was considered it’s most important program. Attendance numbers reflect the impact; the B&O saw its 2015 attendance increase by more than 40 percent compared to 2010. Added visitation has allowed the museum to grow new educational programming and increase its ability to bring positive change to southwest Baltimore.

Visit the B&O Railroad Museum and see first-hand how BNHA’s Heritage Investment Grants are making a difference! 

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