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  • We are now able to accept American Express credit cards as a form of payment in the store.
  • The society, which I think ranks at or near the top of the list of such organizations dedicated to a single railroad and its predecessors has, over the years accumulated a large collection of C&NW
    photos, records, maps, timetables, documents, etc. It is recognized as a leading source of information about the railroad for authors, historians, railroad families and any number of other interested parties. The collection has been housed at locations in WI, IL and IA, none of which is adequate in terms of space for the material and the dedicated members who work to organize and research the material. Additionally, it now looks as if one of them will have to be vacated in a year or so.
    After much study and consideration the society has made arrangements to construct a building to support its mission and house the archives at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, IL and is currently raising funds to finance the project. The building is planned to resemble one of the C&NW's "downtown" ticket offices. The goal is $500,000 and to date, about $390,000 has been raised.

    I feel like the C&NW was one of the most interesting of all railroads and preserving its history is a noble cause which I'd urge anyone with an interest and ability to do so to support. The building will include a "Wall of Memories on which you can purchase a tile with your name or the name of someone who was important in your life. Check out their web site "" for details on how to help.
    I hope all's well with you. This year is the 50th anniversary of my hiring out on the C&NW and I'm hoping to make it to one or two of the Veterans meetings. Maybe I'll see you there.
    Chris Burger

Chicago and North Western Historical Society Wall of Memories

Create a lasting legacy and support the construction of the C&NWHS archives by purchasing an engraved tile for our Wall of Memories.

This is an excellent opportunity to remember, memorialize and honor those who have had a significant impact in your life. Whether a C&NWHS member or supporter, railroad employee or spouse, relative or friend; what better way to honor those for years to come. A tile can also be purchased in your name, on your own behalf.

The engraved tiles will be installed on an interior wall in the public display area of our archives, which is to be built at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, IL. Each tile can be personalized with the name(s) of your choosing. The tile will have three lines that will allow 20 characters on each line (the 20 character count will include letters, spaces and punctuation). The donation amount for each tile is $100.00.

Tiles can be purchased via the website: Payment can be made by credit card or PayPal, or by printing the CNWHS Tile Donation Form (PDF) and mailing with a check to:

C&NWHS Wall of Memories
c/o Tim Coyle, Director
7634 Springfield Drive
Omaha, NE 68114-1611

C&NWHS is a 501(C )(3) not-for-profit corporaNon chartered in the State of Illinois. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

If questions exist, please e-mail:

Your support of the Wall of Memories will have dual purpose recognition of your loved ones and the success of the C&NWHS. Thank You!

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