2015-01-30 / Community

Seashore Trolley Museum dollars roll in

An appeal for donations to the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport has paid off with a $50,000 grant from the Yarmouth-based Davis Family Foundation.

According to the museum’s executive director, Sally Bates, the grant will be used to close off the open end of the Burton B. Shaw South Boston Car Barn, to better protect its historic contents.

“Infrastructure repairs and improvements will enhance the museum’s appearance and the visitor experience, while addressing an absolutely critical need to provide facilities that will adequately preserve and protect our collections,” Bates wrote, in a Jan. 20 press release announcing the Davis award.

According to Bates, nearly all funding for the Seashore Trolley Museum has traditionally come from museum members. However, while that support remains strong, she said, the museum has begun reaching out to the public for assistance with its current campaign.

“The board of trustees supports new programming that is broadening the audiences served by the museum, and is focused on making Seashore a stronger community partner and resource than ever before,” Bates wrote. “We are growing the ranks of those who feel like they are truly part of the future of the world’s oldest and largest museum of its kind.”

The museum has created naming opportunities in support of its funding drive.

All donations to the its parent organization, the New England Electric Railway Historical Society, are tax deductible.

Anyone interested in receiving a pledge package should email director@neerhs.org or call 967-2800.

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