The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) has awarded a grant of $6658 to the City of Hermann in support of the "Caboose Museum.” The MHC is the only state wide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to humanities education for citizens of all ages. It has served as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1971.
The Caboose Committee raised over $7,000 in 2019 for exterior renovation including sandblasting old paint. Then volunteers primed and painted the caboose red with white trim.
Ongoing fundraising is needed to ready the interior for museum quality displays. According to co-chairman Gary Leabman, the caboose needs electricity, new flooring, and windows.
When the Caboose Museum opens on July 4, 2020 it will tell the story of the importance of railroading in the Missouri River valley. Towns like Hermann, Washington, New Haven and Jefferson City all valued this important means of transporting goods and passengers to all parts of the country.