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Dallasites Head Up Museum Capital Campaign

DALLAS, TX:  Prominent Dallasites Ellen Higginbotham Rogers and John DeGolyer Maxson will Co-Chair the Museum’s Capital Campaign in 2011.  As a result, the Museum’s campaign to raise construction funds for its new site in Frisco will have even greater momentum and visibility in the New Year.  Residents of Dallas and Highland Park respectively, Mrs. Rogers and Mr. Maxson have a longstanding interest in the Museum’s mission, collection, and historic preservation in general. 

The Campaign Co-Chairs have provided significant funds toward the project.  They are now poised to lend their names and efforts toward securing additional funding for groundbreaking and construction of the Museum’s new facilities in Frisco. 

Ellen Higginbotham Rogers is known for her tireless support of the Hockaday School in North Dallas.   “I have been passionate about trains all my life. Now it is time for me to help provide the leadership needed to energize the efforts to bring the train experience to others throughout North Texas. The Frisco site for the Museum will showcase the railcars and locomotives, the thousands of artifacts pertaining to the history of the railroad industry in this country, and will offer educational programming to people of all ages,” said Mrs. Rogers.

John DeGolyer Maxson, founder of Vari-Lite International, is currently serving as a Museum Trustee.  He is a nephew of the Museum’s Co-Founder Everett DeGolyer, Jr., who was also instrumental in establishing the DeGolyer Library Special Collections at SMU and the Dallas Arboretum. 

The Museum is very pleased to benefit from the efforts and support of Mrs. Rogers and Mr. Maxson.  Both bring prominence and experience to the Campaign and solidify the continuing support of the Museum’s efforts in Dallas.  The Museum’s new Frisco site will allow for greatly expanded programming that will extend to new audiences beyond city boundaries and into all of North Texas. 

Additional funding for the Campaign was recently received from the A. L. Chilton Foundation and the Ralph B. Rogers Foundation, both of Dallas. 

For more information on the Museum’s Capital Campaign and Frisco Project, please contact the Museum at (214) 428-0101.
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