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HeritageRail sponsors a conference every Spring and Fall, offering educational programs and takeaways for attendees. HeritageRail conferences are held in a variety of interesting cities across the United States and Canada with great sightseeing and numerous regional activities.

2021 CONFERENCE INFORMATION

2021 VIRTUAL SPRING SYMPOSIUM

MARCH 23 -25, 2021

Powered by the CrowdCompass app and Zoom, HeritageRail Alliance will present its first virtual Spring Symposium on March 23-25, 2021.  Each day will begin at 1:00 pm with interactive plenary sessions, with breakout sessions taking place on days two and three.  Opportunities to meet and engage with vendors will take place between sessions each day.  For more information about scheduled plenary and breakout sessions, download the program HERE.

The Spring Symposium will center on lessons learned in 2020 and how to adapt and apply new practices to recovery efforts in 2021.  The presenters are fellow operating and commercial members and supporters of HeritageRail Alliance who are eager to share their first-hand, on-the-ground experiences and observations since the initial waves of shutdowns in March 2020.  One of the cornerstones of the Alliance is mutual membership support and sharing of information.  You will see that although the program will be held in a virtual setting, all sessions will be held live with opportunities for interaction and discussion, including panel participation:

If YOU or anyone in your organization has experience in any of the below-listed subject areas and is interested in participating in any of the following listed panels or leading a breakout session, please e-mail  Terry Koller, Conference Committee Chair  (koller.terry@gmail.com) or Lynette Rickman, Executive Director (lynette@lagniappemgmt.com).  The Zoom platform will be utilized for plenary and breakout sessions.

Plenary Session – Covid-19: Lessons Learned from Operations

For this plenary session, we are looking for input from organizations in relation to operational challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have had a unique experience (positive or negative) that other organizations can learn from please share during this session.  Please send your contact information and a brief description of your experience ahead of time so that each can be queued and called upon.  Please limit your experience to 2-3 minutes to allow others to participate and time for questions and answers.

Plenary Session – Money Makers without an On-Board Experience

If your organization has developed or adapted a program that does not include an on-board ride experience, please share your innovative and smart thinking in this session.  We would like to for participants to send their contact information and a brief description of your program ahead of time so that each can be queued and called upon. Please limit your experience to 2-3 minutes to allow others to participate and time for questions and answers.

Plenary Session – Industry Issues and Challenges (non-COVID)

This session will mirror our typical “Challenges” group discussion. If your organization has recently experienced a challenge or issue that is NOT related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please share it for discussion in this session.  We would like participants to send their contact information and a brief description of your challenge ahead of time so that each can be queued and called upon. Please limit your experience to 2-3 minutes to allow others to participate and time for questions and answers.

Breakout Session – Retail Workshop

This session will discuss retail challenges and solutions experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vendors will also discuss new products, marketing opportunities that those products may have created and what museums are in need of as we adjust to the new normal. We would like participants to send their contact information and a brief description of your experience ahead of time so that each can be queued and called upon. Please limit your experience to 2-3 minutes to allow others to participate and time for questions and answers.

Breakout Session – Overcoming Social Distancing

This session will discuss the difficulty of maximizing passenger capacities on trains and trolleys and visitors in exhibit spaces while adhering to a six-foot radius social distancing requirement. Please share your innovations on keeping trains running and museum spaces open. We would like participants to send their contact information and a brief description of your experience ahead of time so that each can be queued and called upon. Please limit your experience to 2-3 minutes to allow others to participate and time for questions and answers

USING CROWD COMPASS & ZOOM TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE

CrowdCompass is the platform HeritageRail Alliance will use to host the virtual conference.  It is an event app for in-person and virtual events that gives its users real-time access to schedules, programming and interactive communications with vendors and other conference attendees.  Using the app, attendees can

  • Access the event schedule and customize their agendas with personal appointments
  • See all the speakers, read their bios, and view their presentations (if provided in advance)
  • Engage with vendors
  • Get important updates through Push Notifications
  • See who’s attending and share contact information by networking with other attendees

In order to participate in the conference, in advance of the conference start date, registrants will need to either log in to the CrowdCompass site from a PC or download the CrowdCompass app to the mobile device they intend to use.  URLs and links to download the app will be included in the registration confirmation e-mail.

Zoom is a cloud-based video communications app used for virtual video and audio conferencing, webinars, live chats, screen-sharing, and other collaborative projects. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom or a first-time user, we recommend viewing the following YouTube videos in advance of the conference to learn how to access and attend the sessions:  Joining Zoom for the First Time OR Flipped Classroom Tutorial:  Zoom.  CrowdCompass will e-mail the Zoom login information to each registrant the day prior to each session.  Please be sure to check spam or junk mail folders.  Authentication will be required to join the Zoom platform each day.

WITH THE USE OF CROWD COMPASS, we anticipate the virtual nature of the conference will draw a larger audience than would be expected for a live event.  To learn more about vendor and sponsor opportunities, please download the Vendor-Sponsor Information Package  and Vendor-Sponsor Application.  For a live demonstration of the vendor-sponsor experience please e-mail Lynette Rickman, Executive Director (contact@heritagerail.org), for an appointment.

Registration will open online in February to members ($50) and non-members ($65).  To verify your membership status for the discounted rate, please e-mail Lynette Rickman, Executive Director:  contact@heritagerail.org.

FALL 2021 YOUTH ENGAGEMENT EXPERIENCE

** MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON **

FALL CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS

To help offset the costs of attending the Fall conference, HeritageRail offers scholarships and stipends to qualified member applicants. For learning opportunities, a friendly atmosphere, and good conversation with others who love the rails, the HeritageRail conferences are can’t miss events!  Click on on the below buttons for more information and application instructions.  DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS IS JULY 1 of the given Fall conference year.

NEXT GENERATION SCHOLARSHIP

2019 RECIPIENTS

Sam Christensen (Galveston Railroad Museum)
William Hazen (Hoosier Heartland Trolley)

 

STEPHEN PATRICK SCHOLARSHIP

2019 RECIPIENT

Cameron Nichols (Hoosier Heartland Trolley Co.)