Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer Message

"Summertime, Lemonade, Heatwaves"

It all brings to mind thoughts of the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum - right? No?
Well, we hope that you'll spend at least a little bit of time thinking of us.

The past several months have been marked with an enormous amount of activity at the Museum, and we have an ambitious agenda. The OBRM is poised to make a significant contribution to Oyster Bay and the region - but now we need your help!

While the Museum is a volunteer driven effort, the projects and programs, both completed and underway, are not cost free. Materials and professional services, not donated, need to be underwritten and paid for. The dramatic reduction in federal and state funding, as well as the stagnant economy, are taking a toll on the Museum's resources. Now, more than ever, we need to shift our efforts to secure funding from the private sector - namely friends, individuals, and businesses that believe in our mission!

If you click on the lower left of our homepage, you will see that the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum Business Plan describes how the educational, historical, and cultural components of the Museum are truly unique to our region. You will see a family-friendly agenda that will attract visitors, tourists, school groups, and others. The Museum, perhaps like no other local initiative, will help to revitalize the downtown area, provide access to the waterfront through TR Memorial Park, and boost local business.

These goals are now within sight, but the landscape has changed dramatically. The formerly reliable government funding stream can no longer be counted on. S0......we now turn to our members and friends for help. Won't you help us? It's now easier that ever. Just click on the "DONATE NOW link on the homepage. Why not do it now, while it's fresh in your mind?

We are so grateful for our member's and friend's past support. We ask that you, once again (or maybe for the first time), express your support for our work by making a generous tax-deductible contribution to the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum.

Thanks for your time and attention. If you would like more information about OBRM, or would like to schedule a visit/tour, please contact us at, or call us at 516-558-7036.

Enjoy the Summertime, have some lemonade, stay cool, and give some thought to the important mission of the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum.

Bill Bell
Director of Development

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The New Oyster Bay Railroad Museum Business Plan

After over a year of hard work on the part of the OBRM Board, especially President John Specce and board members Rob Brusca and Lauren Godoy, we are proud to present the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum Business Plan. I would also like to thank the Plan's designer, Jim Ubertini for his creativity, sensitivity to our mission, and his patience.

We believe that the Plan provides, in an attractive format, a comprehensive guide to the exciting goals and objectives of the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum. We also believe that it reinforces the case for the value and viability of what will be an important historical, educational and commercial contributor to the hamlet and the region.

The leadership and supporters of the OBRM have long held the view that the Museum can be the catalyst for the revitalization of the Oyster Bay downtown. Please click on the link on the bottom left of the OBRM website home page to view the OBRM Business Plan. We hope you enjoy it, and that as you learn more about our exciting project, you will consider making a generous, tax deductible contribution in support of our efforts.

Thanks for your time and attention.

Bill Bell