Museum of the American Railroad

 
 
How to Give Minimize
The Museum of the American Railroad is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity that relies on private donations to support its mission. Unlike many cultural institutions, including other railroad museums across the county, the Museum of the American Railroad does not receive ongoing funding from government sources. Your generosity is the lifeblood of the Museum.

On this page, you will find several ways to support the Museum. You can earmark your donation for operations support, the capital campaign to build out the Frisco site, the exhibit track challenge campaign, or the restoration of the historic Santa Fe Alco PA locomotive. Please contact the Museum if you would like to support a passion not featured on this page.

Thank you for making everything we do possible.
Operations Support - An Open Letter from Bob LaPrelle Minimize

2014 End of Year Giving Campaign -
Your Contribution Ensures Quality Programming in North Texas in 2015!


Dear Museum Friend,

As we wrap up 2014, the Museum of the American Railroad has much in the way of accomplishments to celebrate!  I am contacting you to highlight some of our services to the community over the past year, and ask for your financial support to continue our good work through the Museum's ongoing operations. 
 
One of the most frequently asked questions here at the railroad museum is, "When are you going to open?"  While a grand opening at the new Frisco site is still in the offing, the answer is that we never really closed. 
 
During one of the most ambitious museum relocation projects in recent years, and following completion of the move last fall, the Museum of the American Railroad continued to serve thousands of individuals in North Texas.  In 2014, over 35,000 visitors benefited from the Museum's general exhibits, educational programs, and annual Day Out with Thomas event in Grapevine.   And, as  Phase II construction gets underway, significant progress is also being made towards providing additional programs to a broader audience. 
 
All of these services are provided at an overall operating budget of less than $300,000 per year including administrative support for all other Museum activities.  However, with the Museum's new site still under construction, operating revenue is limited, and your support is needed to ensure quality programming that meets the needs of the growing North Texas community.  Please consider providing operating support  either online (below) by credit card, or by check.  Checks can be mailed to:  Museum of the American Railroad, 6455 Page Street, Frisco, TX 75034.  Your gift is tax-deductible, as the Museum is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. 
 
Since 2011, we have placed an emphasis on delivering quality, relevant programming from our new home in Frisco.  Partnering with the City of Frisco, the Museum has hosted visitors to our interim exhibits and Museum Store at the Frisco Heritage Museum.  We also received a great response to our summer/fall onsite walking tour programs, which are scheduled to resume in early 2015.  Further, we have hosted thousands of children through educational programs, both at the Heritage Museum and in classrooms.  We have identified great need for the Museum's unique collection & exhibits, and we continue to work with teachers and administrators to develop and refine programs.
 
In fact, the Museum launched its 2014-2015 academic year Educational Program Directory, which features STEM and TEKS compliant programming for Texas schools.  We recently added a full-time Director of Education to further develop and implement programs that provide much-needed history and technology components not currently available in schools. 
 
As a friend of the Museum, I would like to thank you for helping us serve a larger audience from our new home in Frisco, and encourage you to make a financial gift to our annual campaign. 

Best wishes for the holiday season!
 
Bob LaPrelle
President & CEO

It's easy to make a contribution:  You can give online (below), or

mail a check to 6455 Page Street, Frisco, TX 75034, ATTN: MAR Operating Support


Your contribution is tax-deductible.  You will receive an acknowledgement of your contribution and a listing on the Museum's website.


Please click on the Donate button below to make a contribution through PayPal to support Museum operations.

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Capital Campaign - How to Give...

The Museum of the American Railroad is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Texas Corporation established in 1962. The Museum's most recent Form 990 is available here. All cash and in-kind contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For in-kind contributions, please contact the Museum at (214) 428-0101 or info@historictrains.org for a list of needs.

To make a cash contribution, you may send a check to the Museum's mailing address:  Museum of the American Railroad, 6455 Page Street, Frisco, Texas  75034.

To make a one-time or recurring contribution to the Capital Campaign, click below. You will be directed to PayPal for payment, though you do not need a PayPal account to make a donation. All cash and in-kind contributions will be acknowledged on the Museum's website.  Large contributions will be recognized by additional means in accordance with the Museum's Gift Recognition policy.  Please contact the Museum for details.


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"All Aboard"
Museum of the American Railroad $200,000 Challenge Campaign



Be one of 350 or so supporters that completes the 6,250 feet of exhibit tracks and allows the Museum to match the $100,000 challenge from Frisco's Community Development Corporation & the $100,000 challenge from Frisco's Convention & Visitors Bureau! Here's an example of how we can get there:

# of Donors   Length of Track Donation Amount  Total of Donations 
 1  200 Feet $20,000 $20,000
 2  100 Feet $10,000 $40,000
 3  50 Feet $5,000 $65,000
 6  25 Feet $2,500 $80,000
 50  10 Feet $1,000 $130,000
 100  5 Feet
$500 $180,000
 200  1 Foot $100 $200,000

To make a contribution to the Exhibit Track Campaign, click on the Donate button below. You will be directed to PayPal for payment, though you do not need a PayPal account to make a donation. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. To make a cash contribution, you may send a check to the Museum's mailing address:  Museum of the American Railroad, 6455 Page Street, Frisco, Texas  75034.

ATSF 59L ALCO PA Restoration Project Minimize


Help us restore an icon of the American Railroad! Visit the ALCO PA Restoration Project Page for information on how you can get involved and a list of current needs for the project.

All cash and in-kind contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. To make a cash contribution, you may send a check to the Museum's mailing address:  Museum of the American Railroad, 6455 Page Street, Frisco, Texas  75034.

To make a one-time or recurring contribution to the ALCO PA Restoration Project, click below. You will be directed to PayPal for payment, though you do not need a PayPal account to make a donation.

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