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The Lake States Railway Historical Association, founded in 2006, is a 501(c)3 Not-for-Profit Corporation of the State of Wisconsin which is dedicated to the Preservation of Railway History as outlined in our Mission Statement below. Because of our IRS status as a 501(c)3 Corporation, contributions to the Lake States Railway Historical Association are tax deductible under the IRS code. Consult your Tax Advisor for additional information on charitable deductions. The Lake States Railway Historical Association shall dedicate itself to the expansion and dissemination of knowledge on the history of railroading and associated social, economic, and technical development. As such, the Association shall primarily preserve and protect two-dimensional documentary/graphic/bibliographic artifacts (e.g. photographic prints, negatives, positives, transparencies, maps, drawings, books, pamphlets, magazines, company/industry publications, rulebooks, and so forth). The Association shall also preserve and protect relevant media such as audio recordings, film, video, and 3-D artifact collections secondary to and as appropriate to the primary collection. The principal geographical focus of the collections shall be North America with concentration on the Western Great Lakes Region of the U.S. during the era extending from steam locomotion power to and including first-generation diesel locomotion power. The Association is dedicated to the highest standards of collection, restoration, preservation and scholarship. It is committed to facilitating research, interpretation, and publication from its collections. (Updated Nov. 2019)

The Lake States Railroad Historical Association continues to expand efforts to preserve and provide access to its unique railway history collections. Utilizing appropriate software such as Excel & Past Perfect ensures that drawing, photographic, document, artifact, map and other historical material is accessible for the use of educators, restorers, authors, researchers, scale model railroaders and anyone interested in expanding learning about railway history. Rescuing endangered collections and preserving them for the appreciation and education of future generations shall remain a priority focus of LSRHA. A major step forward was attained in 2015 with the opening of our new 5,000 square-foot archives, research center and library complex in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Located at 330 Lynn Street, the construction design parameters specifically called for a cost-efficient and friendly environment for our important collections. Zoned high-efficiency HVAC systems, integrated storage and intake area, ADA handicapped parking and restrooms, efficient LED lighting, internet connectivity, on-site drawing & imaging reproduction services and friendly and knowledgeable volunteers combine to provide the ideal formula for achieving professional collections management. For researchers and administrator alike, our dedicated rail historians and supporters have created a user-friendly rail history center to work in and provide improved services for all. Call us at 608-356-5555 to schedule a guided tour or for more information.