New Intern Partnership With West Springfield HS
The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum will partner with West Springfield High School as part of the school's Applied History Class internship requirement. The museum will work with two students from West Springfield to enhance its historical offerings to visitors.
"We are happy to support Fairfax County Public Schools through this program," says Jack Migliachio, president of the Friends of the Fairfax Station. "Out student interns and volunteers bring energy and creativity to the museum."
The museum offers internship opportunities to advanced high school and college students year-round. This is the first time for the Station to partner with West Springfield. The projects will require research of primary information sources as well as application of modern technology skills.
Brian Heintz is the lead instructor in the program and works with both area students and host organizations to craft meaningful internships. He notes that the Applied History program not only offers students opportunities to develop job skills, but meaningful, personal connections to their community and its past. A number of interns over the years have ended in careers as a result of their participation. "This one-of-kind class has been a source of pride for WSHS since 1992 and will continue thanks to the support of organizations like the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum."
The Applied History program will place 33 students with organizations ranging from the National Park Service and George Washington's Mount Vernon to Red Apple Channel 21. Each internship requires a minimum commitment equivalent to 100 classroom hours. (February 2015)
East Coast Professional Landscape Joins Donors
East Coast Professional Landscape, Inc. of Fairfax Station, Virginia has become the newest donor to the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum by providing a range of landscaping services for the Station's grounds.
Founded in 1995, East Coast provides expertise in residential lawn & landscape care services to the communities of Fairfax Station, Fairfax, Burke, Alexandria, Springfield & Lorton.
The Station depends heavily on the generous donation of time and services by professional landscaping companies to maintain its five acres of grounds and woods. ECPL founder Patrick Russell says his company "prides itself on our service to our clients and the community." (November 2014)
Joan Rogers Honored
The Friends of The Fairfax Station held their annual meeting at The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum on March 24, honoring outgoing President, Joan Rogers.
Joan Rogers is stepping down from the Presidency after 19 years in the position. She was instrumental in moving the original building to its present site. Joan has also been involved in the Dominion Valley Pony Club, Girl Scouts, PTA, St. Mary's Church and the Clifton Community Woman's Club during her many years as a resident of the Northern Virginia area.
During the years of Joan's Presidency, the Railroad Museum has continued to succeed as an important part of the greater community, well known for its annual Holiday Train Show, Sunday afternoon train displays, Quarterly Forums, Tour and Civil War displays, including a celebration of the Sesquicentennial August 2012. As a Museum Life Member, Joan knows she is leaving her dedication to the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum in the hands of dedicated volunteers. (March 2014)