Nonprofit of the month
Railroaders Heritage Corporation
Years in existence: 37 years
Total number of employees: 14
Type of nonprofit: 501c3
Populations served: Blair County and surrounding areas, as well as other states and countries
Areas of focus: Railroaders Memorial Museum and Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark’s mission is to reveal, interpret, commemorate and celebrate the significant contributions of railroaders and their families to American life. We do this by honoring the significant contributions of railroaders to the culture and development of American industry and to preserve this rich heritage for the education, enjoyment and enrichment of present and future generations.
Addresses: Railroaders Memorial Museum:
1200 Ninth Ave., Altoona; and Horseshoe Curve: 1500 Glenwhite Road, Altoona, and 2400 Veterans Memorial Highway, Altoona
Facebook pages: Railroaders Memorial Museum and Horseshoe Curve NHL
What services or programs does your nonprofit
The Railroaders Memorial Museum is an interactive museum with three full floors of exhibits; a movie theater that shows two short films; the Harry Bennett Memorial Roundhouse, which houses some of our rolling stock; and the Patterson Family Memorial Wall. The Horseshoe Curve is one of the few places in North America where the public can view a working railroad up close by taking the funicular to track side or walking the scenic steps. The visitor’s center provides details on the challenges, design and construction of the Horseshoe Curve. We offer field trips, as well as group tours, and have yearly membership opportunities.
n The “We Can Do It! WWII: Traveling Exhibit” from the John Heinz History Center will be on display at the Railroaders Museum through July 16.
n The “Alive@Five” summer concert series will run from May 31 to Aug. 9.
The foundation has memberships with Blair Health & Welfare Council; IU8 Local Interagency Coordinating Council; Centre County Council for the Human Services; and IU10 Local Interagency Coordinating Council.
Through cooperation with the Blair County Chamber
of Commerce, the Mirror will feature a nonprofit
corporation on the last Sunday of each month.