Flight of the Century Update – July 23, 2016
The train is moving fast. Are you on board? Send your contribution today to help the NYCSHS achieve the goal of a finished Headquarters. We are really rolling now. Be sure to donate to help us get to Chicago. We move into our new headquarters this week. Watch for photos later this week.
New York Central System Historical Society
A Message from the President
Last week I mailed a personal letter to each member of our organization with some wonderful news. For the first time in its 46-year history, the NYCSHS has a permanent home!
After many years of effort, we have found a suitable location at an attractive cost level that will allow the Society better to reflect the great heritage of the New York Central System. The property consists of 3,000 square feet of open, carpeted office space, is climate controlled, and is situated in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, near the Cleveland, Ohio airport.
How will this permanent home allow the Society to be of greater service to its members and to more completely fulfill its mission?
• It will provide a much more secure and appropriate location for our archives.
• It will greatly facilitate our ability to complete the digitization of the many thousands of photographs currently held in our archives, making possible member access to all images.
• It will allow the Society to redouble its efforts to generate new products presenting information held in our archives.
• It will allow member access to our archives at regularly scheduled hours as well as by private appointment.
• It will provide a welcoming environment for visitors and potential members.
It is the hope of our directors that all these benefits can be provided quickly. However, much needs to be done to create an efficient and attractive environment. Within the facility, we plan to include a pleasant reception area, a small operating model railroad, a model display area, an appropriate area for member research, a small artifact museum, and a security area.
To accomplish all of this, we need your help. With a goal of $50,000, we announce an exciting Flight of the Century Fund.
The money raised with this campaign will be used to purchase furnishings, a security system, internet connection, signage, a small refrigerator, microwave, and other things to make the building a nice place to work and visit.
An imaginary 20th Century Limited will travel from New York City to Chicago, arriving at La Salle Street Station when the goal is achieved. Periodically, as contributions arrive, we will announce No. 25’s westward progress.
Any amount that you can provide to keep our metaphorical Century rolling will be gratefully accepted, but donors contributing to any of the following categories will be honored with special listings to be published in a future issue of Central Headlight.
How much might you give? In answer, I would suggest that you give until it hurts. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to make a lasting contribution that will help to perpetuate the memory of the mighty New York Central System. And remember, the NYCSHS is a Section 501.c.(3) organization, so your donation is tax deductible under IRS regulations, depending, of course, on your personal situation. Further, if you work for or are retired from a company that offers matching contributions, please investigate to determine if your contribution can be matched by your company. We will be pleased to assist you in identifying and completing the necessary forms for a funds match.
Please make your check or money order payable to NYCSHS and write Flight of the Century in the memo box or line. Mail to: Noel F. Widdifield, Treasurer
P.O. Box 328
Shady Side, MD 20764
Contact Noel at NYCSHS@verizon.net if you have a problem.
You can also make a donation through our on-line Collinwood Shop. Go to www.nycshs.net and sign in. Then drop down and click on the “Flight of the Century” category. Move over and click on the “Flight of the Century Campaign Donation” item. Follow the instructions to check out and donate. Donations can be made by check, money order, credit card or PayPal.
Your support of the NYCSHS has never been more important than it is now. Please join with your fellow members in making a substantial contribution that will enable us to complete a permanent home befitting the great railroad system we so dearly remember.
Yours for a growing NYCSHS,
Rich Stoving, President
* Donors contributing at the $2,500 level will receive a full-size replica of a Mohawk headlight shelf number plate with NYCS oval, cast in aluminum. Six authentic numbers are available.
** Donors contributing at the $5,000 level or over will receive a full-size replica of a Niagara number plate with NYC oval, cast in aluminum. Three authentic numbers are available.