Our home was built in 1982, and a model train track was part of the original design. Apparently, the first homeowner was so passionate about model railroading that he made it a part of his home. And now it's a part of our home. The train goes from the bar, through a tunnel behind the mantel, and outside around a bay window before turning around to do it all over again.
Although the train is fun to have, my husband and I have not become train enthusiasts. But, we will admit that our train has piqued some interest in model railroading, particularly the Eiteljorg Museum's annual Jingle Rails exhibit. Jingle Rails is a massive model railroad display that transports you to a mini downtown Indianapolis before chugging out to the Great American West. We hope to visit the museum during this exhibit every year, but never seem to get around to it. The season is busy, and excuses come easily. Plus, it costs $15 to get in! Of course, it's free for members, but we aren't members.
This year will be different. This year, your Pendleton Community Public Library became a member of the Eiteljorg Museum, and we like to share. That means that you can check out the library's pass to visit exhibits, including Jingle Rails! Museum passes are the newest addition to our Library of Things collection. Stop in to check out a pass to Minnetrista, The Indiana Historical Society, The Indiana State Museum, and the Rhythm Discovery Center, to name a few. We hope to acquire even more passes so that we can offer a variety of fun, educational, FREE outings for local residents to enjoy throughout the year.
Lynn Hobbs, Library Director