Bradford Railroad Museum honored for Lincoln Train anniversary program


BRADFORD — The Bradford Railroad Museum recently was honored by the Ohio Local History Alliance for the museum’s Abraham Lincoln Funeral Train 150th Anniversary Program.

The Bradford museum was honored for the April 25, 2015, program with one of the 2015 Ohio Local History Alliance Outstanding Achievement Awards, announced during the OLHA annual meeting held recently in Worthington. The award was for History Outreach – Budget Under $25,000 in the category of Public Programming.

The museum brought together Bradford Exempted Village High School students, an Abraham Lincoln impersonator and Civil War re-enactors to present the history of the 1865 Funeral Train of the slain president.

Americorps volunteer Tim Miller coordinated the program with the museum. He worked with Bradford high school history teacher Robert Daugherty to coordinate the students’ presentations. He invited Stan Wernz, a well-known Abraham Lincoln presenter, and Douglas Slagel, of the Stillwater Roundtable Civil War re-enactors, to complete the program.

The museum’s 2015 were devoted to the funeral train’s historic ride from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Illinois. The exhibits are on view through Oct. 31, when the museum closes for the season.

Marilyn Kosier, M.D., president of the Bradford Railroad Museum, accepted the award at the Oct. 3 annual meeting of the Ohio History Connection in Worthington.

The museum extended its thanks to all those who attended and participated in this community outreach program.

Founded in 1960, the Ohio Local History Alliance works closely with the Ohio History Connection with the common goal to encourage the preservation and presentation of Ohio’s heritage.

By Rachel Lloyd

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