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|A Vision for the National Railroad Hall of Fame
|Attendees of Thursday night's visioning session hosted by the City of Galesburg got something many people have wondered if they would ever hear about: the status of the planned National Railroad Hall of Fame.
During the panel discussion of the session focusing on tourism and downtown development, National Railroad Hall of Fame President Jay Matson told attendees that it will take years for the estimated $30 million to be raised for construction of a Hall of Fame at an as-yet-unannounced location downtown.
Matson says while it would have taken years anyway, you can guess why it will take at least that long now -- the economy, partly because of the intricacies of gift-giving.
"People who give gifts to projects like ours typically donate stock. They don't write a check," Matson said. "And you all know where the stock market is today. Some of the best advice we could get in the world of not-for-profit organizations, museums and fundraisers have advised us 'don't make the ask yet.'"
Matson says that means a continuing effort to, as he put it, cultivate friendships is ongoing...making contacts with people across the country -- plenty of whom are either natives or who have ties to Galesburg.
He says they have the capacity to donate as much as $400 million, and since all that is needed is $30 million, the money could be in sight someday.
To hear all of Thursday night's visioning session panel discussion, CLICK HERE.
(Mike Bond, owner, Inkeepers Coffee, talks with Jay Matson, President, National Railroad Hall of Fame Thursday night at Carl Sandburg College. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|04 03 09 by Newsroom
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