2021 SPRING SYMPOSIUM TAKEAWAYS
The HeritageRail Alliance conducted its first ever virtual event on March 23, 24, and 25th. The audience was very well engaged with numerous questions and comments throughout the event. A poll taken just prior to the business meeting at the end of the event should an overwhelming approval of the event and we thank all of those who joined us. Complimentary recordings of the sessions have been e-mailed to Symposium attendees at the e-mail addresses they used to register. Attendees, please check your e-mail (including junk, clutter and spam folders) and contact Lynette Rickman at firstname.lastname@example.org if you did not receive your e-mail. For those of you who did not participate, the recordings are available on-demand through the website for $10 per session. Alternatively, all twelve sessions are available in one package for $65, including the session on Safety, which is considered as so important for everyone in the industry that we are offering it for viewing at no charge.
WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SYMPOSIUM SPONSORS
FALL 2021: A HYBRID EVENT WITH PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH
The Fall conference this year will be a departure from the traditional model of on-site meetings, programming and vendor opportunities. The event will take place over two weeks, with a virtual component devoted to plenary sessions and breakout sessions on the afternoons of October 27 and 28, and a youth-engagement themed onsite-workshop at the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico November 5 – 7. The virtual and live events will be offered separately to those that cannot attend both.
Who should attend the virtual session? Any member of HRA within any level of management or operations interested in sharing or learning hands-on practices from the other members of the Alliance and networking with vendors. The hybrid session will include a State of the Alliance update, as well as the awards ceremony.
Who should attend the on-site session? Members of organizations committed to developing hands-on volunteer and educational programs that attract, engage and motivate older youth and younger teenagers to become the next generation of railway preservationists.
Click HERE for a draft of the proposed agenda. All attendees will be responsible for their own lodging and travel to Philmont. Registration fees are anticipated to be $50 for the two-day virtual session and $300 for the on-site workshop, which includes all meals and activities.
Additional details including registration dates and accommodations information will be released in the coming weeks as we continue to monitor the Delta variant.
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.
Sam Christensen (Galveston Railroad Museum)
William Hazen (Hoosier Heartland Trolley)
Cameron Nichols (Hoosier Heartland Trolley Co.)