Join the Center

Members receive four issues each year of Railroad Heritage, the Center’s quarterly journal, which covers a wide range of topics in railroad photography, art, history, and culture.

We are a membership organization, open to all. Your support makes our work possible. You may pay online here, using the Paypal buttons at left, or print the Membership Form (PDF file) and send a check.

Special offer: sign up a friend for just $29

Share the Center and Railroad Heritage with a friend for the special, introductory rate of just $29. Use the Paypal button at right to purchase a gift membership, and we will then get in touch with you by email to get your friend’s name and mailing address. This offer is valid through January 31, 2016.

Membership benefits

At all levels, you receive:

  • Subscription to our quarterly journal, Railroad Heritage
  • Discounted prices at our annual conference and other events
  • Free entry in our annual photography awards program

Larger gifts provide for our future and allow us to undertake more extensive initiatives, such as the Delano project. You can underwrite an issue of Railroad Heritage or support our annual conference by underwriting speakers’ travel and lodging. We look forward to discussing possibilities with you; call or write anytime using the contact information at lower left.

All gifts are acknowledged and fully tax-deductible. Unless you indicate otherwise, your gifts for the year will be recognized publicly by category early in the next year.

Continuing Monthly Membership Gifts

If you find it more convenient to express your support through a monthly gift rather than a lump-sum contribution, PayPal will bill you automatically every month. Monthly gifts enable us to plan ahead; they sustain the Center and make our work possible. Should circumstances require that you discontinue giving, merely visit this page anytime and use the “unsubscribe” button.

Gift Categories

Supporters: Up to $199
Supporters recognize our unique position as a nonprofit arts and educational organization. A gift of support helps us fund our office, operations, and publications so the Center can nurture and cultivate our community. Join us today in these efforts.

Friends: $200 to $499
The Center is fortunate to have individuals and organizations that make the Center part of their annual giving. Friends recognize our unique mission and the value we and our donors together provide to our arts, education, and railroad heritage communities.

Patrons: $500-$999
Patron-level support of the Center delivers the satisfaction of knowing that a gift will aid an organization that sees preservation and presentation as complementary. The Center provides advice and programs to photographers, artists, the public and museum communities about placement of collections, often being in a position to provide a home for them itself. Patrons take that extra step to help us maintain our commitment to preservation and presentation.

Benefactors: $1,000-$4,999
The Center sees railroad art and photography as legitimate artistic, educational, and historical endeavors, recognizing their value and promoting them as professional undertakings. This requires resources—to support and encourage artists, scholars, and writers to create and analyze new and past railroad artistry—and to produce traveling exhibitions, programs, Internet resources, and print publications. All of these are costly, especially because of our commitment to creating mainstream acceptance of railroad fine art. Benefactors recognize and support this challenge.

Leadership Circle: $5,000 and above
People interested in railroad art and photography often have an intellectual curiosity and a fiery passion for the subject. Leadership Circle members (private and corporate) see the Center as both an organization and an institution—committed to promoting and preserving our railroad heritage both today and tomorrow. Their participation demonstrates serious philanthropic investment in preserving railroad history through art and photography. Giving at this level paves the way for the Center’s long-term future and continued recognition of the importance of railroads and railroading to visual history.