August 16, 2010
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Grand Central Seeks Artifacts for Centennial Exhibition
MTA Metro-North Railroad and the New York Transit Museum invite railroad aficionados to share artifacts related to New York City’s Grand Central Terminal for an exhibit commemorating the centennial of this landmark building. The exhibit in Vanderbilt Hall, the terminal’s former Main Waiting Room, will open Feb. 1, 2013, the 100th anniversary of the official opening of the terminal.
“We know that railroad fans and history buffs have some unique collections that may have had interesting origins,” said Howard Permut, Metro-North president. “But we are grateful to the stewards of our history and recognize that many of these vintage items were literally rescued from trash bins as one railroad failed and another took over.”
Metro-North, the current operator of Grand Central, came into being Jan. 1, 1983, from the bankrupt remnants of the passenger division of Conrail, which was itself an amalgam of Penn Central and the New Haven and Hartford Railroad, and so on back to the 1800s.
The museum and the railroad are seeking donations for this exhibit and for the museum’s permanent collection. Loans also will be considered. The request is for basically anything that says “Grand Central” or any New York Central, Penn Central, Conrail, or Metro-North memorabilia directly related to Grand Central. The museum is not looking for general railroad memorabilia.
Potential donors should contact archivist Carey Stumm. Museum curators will review and respond to all offerings of donations and loans. Items for loan will be returned according to a standard contract and donors will be acknowledged in the exhibit.