Mid-Continent News

Mid-Continent Receives Three Awards (1/10/04)

Mid-Continent Railway Museum recently received three awards. Two of the awards were for the recently completed eight-year volunteer restoration of Copper Range Railroad wooden passenger coach #60.

The Wisconsin Historical Society presented Mid-Continent with its annual Local History Certificate of Commendation for the Copper Range restoration October 18 at Chippewa Falls during WHS's Annual State Convention. The award honors a group effort "for excellence in a particular project or activity." Mid-Continent Curator Don Ginter was present to receive the award.

The Tourist Railway Association Inc. (TRAIN), a fraternal organization for the tourist railway industry, also recognized Mid-Continent's Copper Range #60 restoration by presenting its Equipment Award to museum representatives at their annual meeting in early November. Mid-Continent has received this award previously for two other wooden passenger car restorations.

These awards help recognize the many hard-working volunteers we are fortunate to have at North Freedom," observes Jeff Bloohm, who has served as Mid-Continent's president for the last three years and has been active at the museum since 1980. "If it were not for the volunteers, Mid-Continent would not be where it is today."

The Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation presented Mid-Continent its 2003 Organization Award in late October "in grateful acknowledgement of significant contributions for outstanding achievement in historic preservation to document and preserve the cultural history of Wisconsin." The award's criteria includes the quality and significance of the project and its impact on the community. "Mid-Continent has been recognized nationally as a leader in railroad history preservation for many years, particularly for our collection of priceless wooden passenger and freight cars from the turn-of-the-century," says Don Meyer, the museum's development consultant. "But this is a significant achievement on a local level."

Copper Range coach #60, Sept. 20, 2003.