The Iowa Transportation Museum in Grinnell announced the receipt of a $25,000 grant from the Union Pacific Foundation as it prepares to open the first phase of the exhibit featuring the history of transportation in Iowa.
In addition, as the first of the new and rehabilitated buildings serving the museum at the Spaulding Center for Transportation in the former Spaulding Carriage and Automotive Works in Grinnell are about to be completed, the Union Pacific Company is contributing transportation related exhibit materials worth an estimated $150,000 to be incorporated into the new museum.
"Our histor and success in development as a nation and a state is inextricably tied to the development and success of transportation," said Gerry Schnepf, president of the Iowa Transportation Museum. "The Museum's mission is to educate Iowans and the nation about the leading role of transportation in our state's history and in the development of our agriculture, our culture, and our economy; and to educate Iowans and the nation about the roles and contributions of Iowans to transportation, transportation serving Iowa and our nation."
Initial planning and engineering for the next phase of additional museum building expansion, estimated to cost more than $7.5 million, will begin in the next few months.
A grand opening announcement for the current pahse will be made in the coming weeks.
More information about the museum can be found on its web site.