Ride the Rails

Sponsored by:

The Community Library

Project Champion:

DeAnn Campbell

What are the appropriate grade levels:

6 through 12

Is there a limit to the number of participants:

1 class

Is there an opportunity for community service:


Is this a new or existing project:


Estimated project cost:




The Community Library will be hosting a unique Railroad Exhibit in August and September of 2014. The exhibit will include artifacts and information about the early railroad as well as a working model train display. During the exhibition, visitors to the library will move through the library to the newly remodeled lower level to view the model train. The Library proposes that a class of students create an interactive railroad experience using the hallway between the adult and children’s libraries at The Community Library.

Student involvement is needed to research the history of trains (especially in the Wood River Valley) and to propose a way to allow visitors to experience life of the early rails. Our hallway would make an excellent mock passenger-car. Visitors might be greeted by a conductor and escorted to a model passenger-car that students will build and furnish to be representative of the time period. Visitors can be given a sort of mock identity signifying someone of the time period who might be traveling by rail for a specific purpose. This project entails historical, biographical, and cultural research as well as artistic design within the confines of historical accuracy.

This project serves a local, nonprofit organization, and project hours may be counted as community service. Promotion of the Railroad Exhibit by students would also be welcome and encouraged. The time commitment will depend on the exhibit details. Planning could take 3-5 hours. Research may be an estimated 5-10 hours with the building and implementation of the design to be another 5-10 hours. This art, history, and museum exhibition experience project, will require at least 25 hours. If this is taken on as a class, or multi-class project, time could be much shorter depending on the delegation and division of tasks.

The Railroad Exhibit will open to the public in August and run through September 2014. This event will be free and to the public and to people of all ages.

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