Northern Ontario Railroad Museum Caps Off Season with Celebration of Volunteers
Northern Ontario Railroad Museum Volunteers

Directors of the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum Bob Michelutti (left) and Stu Thomas (right) with Volunteer Wayne Cowen (middle) at Volunteer Appreciation Night held in Capreol earlier this month.

The Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre officially capped off its 2017 season Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 as it hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation Night in Capreol. The event allows volunteers to get together and mingle, sharing experiences and reflect on the accomplishments of the year.

“The volunteers are what make this place go,” explained Brian Yensen, President of the museum. “The amount of time and effort that these individuals invest is absolutely astonishing. A night like this is the least we can do to show how much we appreciate their dedication to our cause.”

The museum has experienced incredible growth over the past few years and set attendance records for the seventh straight season. “Since 2010, the museum’s annual attendance numbers have increased by about 1200%,” said Cody Cacciotti, Operations Manager at NORMHC. “Our volunteers are such an important part of that as they work to develop new exhibits, maintain the old ones, help with general site maintenance and ensure that our special events are world class.”

Over 200 volunteers dedicated their time to the museum in 2017. “It’s really incredible to see,” explained director Fran Michelutti. “We’ve found a way to engage many young volunteers through events like the Terror Train 6077 and older volunteers through story telling and assisting with the gardens. We really have a successful model here that engages the entire community.”

Despite shutting down for the winter, the museum promises to quite busy over the coming months. “The town of Capreol is preparing to celebrate its centennial year in 2018 which also corresponds with the museum’s 25th anniversary, said Cacciotti. “There is a lot of work to be done but our group is excited and looking forward to the challenge.”

The museum will re-open its doors with its annual Big Truck Meet Up event on May 19th, 2018.

For more information on the NORMHC visit their website and Facebook page.

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