The Boothbay Railway Village is an educational, historical and cultural museum whose mission is to collect, preserve and demonstrate railroading, antique automobiles, small town rural life with an emphasis on Maine between 1850 and 1950. Its continuing mission will be to develop and promote educational programs and services.
The Boothbay Railway Village, a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization, engages the public in meaningful interaction with Maine history. Through collection, preservation, demonstration and education, the museum stimulates the mind from school children to retirees. By focusing on three major historical segments; the narrow gauge steam railroad, the vintage automobile and the rural village, the museum provides a link to Maine’s history from the late 19th century to the mid 20th, offering rich learning experiences for the benefit of a diverse public. Specific activities of the Boothbay Railway Village are as follows:
• Historic Research
Historical data, documents and photographs are vital to our ability to interpret and learn from our history. The museum sees this as a core function of its role in the community and strives to constantly improve its performance to be stewards of artifacts, documents and skills, making them available for public benefit.
The purpose of this activity is to develop educational materials pertaining to village life and transportation from 1850 to 1950. This material as it is developed and refined and made available to teachers who many times must rely on ready made activities for use in the classroom. The museum also will provide seminars and other presentations to the general public throughout the year.
• Educational Services
The museum strives to provide educational services and programs to schools, teachers, specialty groups and the general public. The purpose of this activity will be to create a broad public understanding of the role that transportation played during the target period. Museum personnel will bring this relationship to life through educational activities in the classroom as well as through on and off site interpretation of the scope of the Boothbay Railway Village .
A living history component at the museum entertains and engages visitors as they learn about life in Maine during this historic era. This is accommodated through documented self guided tours, historical reenactments educational seminars, demonstrations of operational antique cars and steam locomotive train rides.
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