The Mission Statement for the Iowa Railroad Historical Society
and the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center
The mission of the Iowa Railroad Historical Society is to educate our guests on the history of the people who built, operated and utilized the vast network of railroads that have enhanced all our lives.
As a sub category of our overall (IRHS) mission, the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center sub-mission is to identify, record, collect, preserve, and provide access to evidence of the railroad history of Iowa from the construction of the first railroad in Iowa in 1855 to the present. To further this mission, the MUSEUM collects and preserves artifacts and archival records related to railroad history in Iowa. Equally important, we initiate and promote research, publications, exhibits and programs, and collaborate with other organizations and institutions.
The primary focus of the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center will be on acquiring artifacts, archival material, stories, and people associated with railroads and railroad operations in Iowa. A secondary focus will be on items associated with items from other states where railroads with an Iowa presence operated.
Achievements, because of your support in donations
and volunteer time made possible:
The beautiful 9,000 square foot railroad museum housing more than 4,000 rare and unusual railroad artifacts donated by James H. Andrew as well as other collections.
With your help we organized and built a unique railroad library, housing more than 900 volumes.
With your help we created a children's railroad activity area and offered tours which proved very popular.
We thank our members, business sponsors, donors, volunteers and everyone who has given of their time and energy to make so much happen.
We bring the railroaders' stories to light through their narratives as well as present rare railroading artifacts, so that we will never forget their contributions and so future generations can learn about their lives and careers.
James H. Andrew Railroad Museum