Burlington Route Historical Society - Archives

How you can help - The Archive Legacy Fund Raising Campaigns

Learn about our Archives in the Lake States Facility, Baraboo, WI

Last Updated 11/4/2020

Thank you for your support!

The Archive/Legacy Fund had an increase of $19,400 for the year!

Sustaining Members and all those contributing at the Conductor’s
Club Level are over and above that. We have raised about $115,000
and incurred about $15,000 in fund raising costs with additional
donations to Lake States and C&NWHS in the last 4 years.

Sustaining Support by Year
Year Income Net Exp. Sust. Donations
* Includes Conductors Club

Policies Concerning Material
in the Archives of
Burlington Route Historical Society

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Recent Archive Activities:

  • April 5, 2018:
    2nd Milner's Birthday Amtrak Trip

  • April 6 2018:
    A Day with Metra, Starting at Chicago's Union Station for three speakers and a box lunch, followed by tours of Metra's 47th Street Diesel and Coach facilities.

  • April 6, 2018:
    BRHS Donates $1,000 to the Lakes States Mortgage retirement from the Archives Legacy Fund

  • April 6, 2018:
    BRHS Donates $500 to the C&NWHS building fund from the Archives Legacy Fund

  • April 6, 2018:
    BRHS Donates $150 from the Archives Legacy Fund to the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library as an honorarium for Nick Fry. 

  • September 2018:
    Received archival material from the NPRHS

  • Recent Work Sessions at Lake States:
    August 8 and 28, September 27, and October 24. 


On February 7th, 2020, Dick Kasper, Al Kamm III, and Jim Singer set into place three flat file cabinets at the Archives. The cabinets came from Gary O.(donation), Jerry Albin (donation), and the Allen Moore collection (donation).

It took some time to allocate the final locations to place them as we needed to move over 1,500 Lbs. of Company Store Bulletins into other storage locations within the facility. Now, our only remaining task is to order, receive, and place our newly Granted (brand new) flat file cabinet to become the starting point for the Parks Collection of locomotive facility drawings. Its location has been determined and readied over the winter archive layoff.




Archive Effort Expended
Sept 1, 2018 to Aug 31, 2019

51 Volunteer Visits to Baraboo
18 One-day round trips visits
575 on-site man hours
350 transit hours (via car)
400+ local (Chicago area) hours

Details - Onsite at Baraboo, WI
Over 575 hours have been logged this past year.
Some of the noted volunteers:
Al Kamm III 50 3/4 hours
Lloyd Rinehart 30 1/4
Glen Haug 27 1/2
Dick Kasper 23 1/2
Dave Anderson 22 1/2
Ken Tucek 16
Jim Miller 15 1/2
Steve Fye 6
Tom Whitt 5 1/2
Greg Koon 5 1/2
Laird Brown 5
Mike Gruber 3
Additionally hours helping the Lake States Library
Rich Pannier 240 plus hours
Tom Whitt 5 hours lighting work

Details - Offsite
Many additional off site hours go into our archives efforts.
John Szwajkart 200+ hours
Jim Sandrin 35
Al Kamm III 30
Jerry Hamsmith 15
Phil Weibler 12
Ray Buhrmaster 10
Jerry Albin 10

Premiums / Banking / Fund Raising/ Planning/Administration /
Publication Work /Scanning / Etc.

Upcoming 2020 Archive Work Days

Almost all 2020 worksessions were canceled.
Wednesday, April 14 - Limited attendance - email
Archives at BurlingtonRoute dot org if you are considering attending.

All work day hours are 11am - 5pm

We do not take a lunch break.  Feel free to bring along lunch or a snack to get through the day.