When a membership is due for renewal, the Membership Chair will notify the member via mail. Members wishing to renew will follow the renewal instructions included with the Society mailing. This will most likely entail writing a renewal check and returning the check, and the notification, to the Society
There is an alternative way to renew your membership - through the Society web site. In the link specified for the Company Store, a member desiring to renew his/her membership should go to the Company Store link from our Home Page and, in the left frame, scroll down until the heading "Membership Payments and Cash Donations" can be seen. Click on that link and you will be taken to a screen that displays all of the categories of membership and the fee to be submitted for each category. Chose your category and click the Add button on the right until the number 1 is shown in the quantity. Proceed to the Shopping Cart, then process your shopping cart as per the directions provided
Members desiring to renew their membership via web processing may also take advantage of the Store items offered for sale and may purchase items at the same time that a membership is being renewed
A Building Fund to House Future Archives, Research, and Company Store functions. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Historical Society has been a continuously functioning educational society for more than 30 years. We have made many significant changes over the last 15 years, offering members such things as an outstanding quarterly publication, The Sentinel, yearly calendars, books and reproductions on the B&O operations, mini-conventions and annual conventions. Great progress has also been made in developing the Society's archival collection. The Society's photographs, maps and charts, books and documents are now secure under one roof. But with the growing collection and the increase in the number of volunteer workers, plus an increase in technology (think computers), we have rapidly outgrown the space. The executive committee and board of directors have come to the conclusion that we need to plan now for change in the archives space and location. So we have instituted a fund-raising campaign to establish a war chest for such a move. The collection is presently housed in a rented 2,000-square-foot space. We have been organizing the collection with limited working space for the volunteers. This has been possible by using every space in corners and along walls. To date, most of the maps and charts are recorded in a spreadsheet and photographs are being scanned and indexed. To grow and meet the requirements to keep our 501 (c) 3 educational status we need to do outreach to members and the community. We expect that the Society will need more than 8,000 square feet of space to be more functional and have space to expand. One place we have checked into could require a minimum of $450,000 for purchase and renovations to reach a workable amount of space. This would provide space for a world-class railroad research library, digital imaging center, volunteer work stations, storage space for archival records, space for the company store, several offices and a conference room for the board, closets, and at least one classroom and a meeting room. We must also allow for the costs of modifying any space we obtain, the purchase of additional furniture, and moving the collection to a new location.
There are 6 contribution levels: the Capitol Limited Supporter, the National Limited Supporter, the Royal Blue Supporter, the Cincinnatian Supporter, the Sentinel Supporter, and the Timesaver Supporter. Each category is based upon the level of funds contributed by those supporting this program. Please refer to the support level criteria displayed on the submission form shown when you click on the graphic at the beginning of this discussion. Contributions for this project can be made by printing out the form provided by the graphic, filling it out, and mailing it in to the address provided at the bottom of the form. Please include any funds with your form. Donations to the Building Fund may only be submitted on the form provided and must be separate from any other donations to the Society.
All contributors will be sent an acknowledgement letter by the Society that can be used for tax purposes. The B&O Railroad Historical Society is a 501 (c) 3 organization for donation purposes.
The B&O Railroad Historical Society also maintains an archive of historical documents, images and artifacts related to the B&O Railroad. These items have been used by authors, researchers and members to help educate people about the history of the B&O Railroad. Our collection is ever growing as new books are written and new collections of images and documents are made available for acquisition. You can help us preserve, protect and share these items by making a donation to our Archives Acquisition Budget. This deduction is 100% tax-deductible and you can see the immediate results of your donation with every issue of The Sentinel you read, every new reprint that comes out via the company store, every convention book and every calendar that comes out each year. Your donation from $20 and up will help ensure that the history of the B&O Railroad and the work that thousands of people did to keep it running is never lost to history Donations are always appreciated. To make a donation through our Society web site, from the Society web Home Page, go the Company Store. In the left frame, scroll down until the heading "Membership Payments and Cash Donations" can be seen. Click on that link and you will be taken to a screen that displays all of the categories of membership and at the bottom of the list, a block that will permit someone to make a donation to the Society. Donations are received in increments of $20.00. Click the Add button on the right for each increment of $20.00 you wish to donate. If you desire to donate $60.00, click the Add button 3 times. After you complete your donation, proceed to the Shopping Cart, then process your shopping cart as per the directions provided
All contributors will be sent an acknowledgement letter by the Society that can be used for tax purposes. The B&O Railroad Historical Society is a 501 (c) 3 organization for donation purposes
Members desiring to make a donation for archives purposes via web processing may also take advantage of the Store items offered for sale and may renew a membership or purchase items at the same time that a donation is being process
You can get to the Company Store link by clicking on the Company Store button in the Navagation Bar at the top of this page, or through the Home Page