Thanks to everyone who attended our open house in Eagle Rock on Sunday, March 10. More than 80 members and friends attended the afternoon event and enjoyed viewing photography, models, browsing our library, and enjoying a great spread of food and desserts. BNSF calendars and NRHS Bulletins (featuring Elrond Lawrence's cover story on the UP steam program) were given to new and renewing members.
Josef Lesser and Ron Gustafson, co-founders of the foundation, were recognized at the event; Lesser was honored with a special plaque (below) presented by president Wendell "Mort" Mortimer for his nearly 20 years of tireless work establishing and guiding the foundation.
"Today was a smash success and the beginning of an exciting new era for our foundation. We’re grateful and thrilled that so many joined as new members," said Lawrence, LARHF's new executive director. "Whether you renewed, bought a Route 66 Railway book, enjoyed a great spread of food, or simply came to learn about our plans, we’re glad you joined us and shared your ideas. The Southern California rail community is filled with great people and exciting projects, and I’m passionate about expanding our visibility and connecting with the entire Southland. An exciting third decade lies ahead for LARHF.”