December 19, 2014
Thursday we received a grant from the Crystal Trust for $150,000 to assist with Phase II of our HVAC improvements to our museum and administrative offices building. We have also been working on in-kind donations from area corporations for piping, valves and boilers. The original estimate for converting the existing steam system to a hot water system with independent humidifiers was $300,000. We can now proceed with detailed engineering and specifications to better determine cost.
This week the library received DVD copies of On the Ball: The Story of Webb C. Ball and the Railroad Watch . The program was created by ideastream, a non-profit, public broadcasting organization based in Ohio. It explores Ball’s work to encourage the railroads to adopt standard time after a tragic train collision in Kipton, Ohio, which happened because an engineer’s watch had stopped. Ball established the strict guidelines for manufacturing railroad watches and the requirement...