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  • January 11. 2018.
    The Chicago & North Western Historical Society Archives Building Fund surpassing $250,000 in donations and pledges. Totaling $250,513, we have passed the half-way mark for starting construction of the building at the Illinois Railway Museum.
    “Our members realize the enormous potential the Archive Center can provide in membership benefits and preservation of the C&NW,” said Mike Lenzen, President. “Their continued support will make our Society’s dream a solid reality.”
    The second milestone is to start construction on the building when $365,000 is collected. Our plans are to start construction in 2018.
    The final milestone is reaching our goal of $500,000 which will provide $135,000 to properly outfit the building with state-of-the-art preservation systems, catalog equipment, printing and storage.
    Members can contribute by filling in the donation card in the magazine and on this website. Mail the card and your check to Tim Coyle, C&NWHS Director, 7634 Springfield Drive, Omaha NE 68114-1611.
    Contribute today and help us reach our goal of a new Archive Center!

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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