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About our Library Staff

Regular access and operation of the facility during open hours is managed and provided by the professional staff of the City of Bowie, Museums Division.

Our librarian is Mr. Erik Delfino, a professional librarian working full time in the field. Mr. Delfino is responsible for organizing, cataloging, and managing the collection as well as acquiring new materials and disposition of materials we no longer need. Mr. Delfino, a member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter NRHS, is a volunteer and is providing his services to the Martin F. O'Rourke Memorial Railroad Library at Bowie Tower free of charge.

Mr. Delfino is Chairman of the Chapter's Library Committee and is assisted by a committee of members of the Washington, D.C. Chapter NRHS.

On April 14th 2012 a group of DCNRHS Library volunteers banded together to recover some unique Washington, D.C. railroad history from a damp, musty basement in Suburban Maryland that was literally crammed with rail history from all over the world (most of it streetcar related). Some of the material goes back 150 years. It took two pickup trucks, two SUVs, and a car to haul the treasure trove of history away from an estate that was anything but your run of the mill railroad ephemera. Over the next several years, led by our intrepid and extremely talented Librarian Erik Delfino, DCNRHS volunteers will sort through the "treasure" to catalog and sort the material and find proper final destinations for items that do not fit our collection. The efforts of our volunteers, enabled through the cooperation of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, will benefit the DCNRHS and most importantly FUTURE GENERATIONS, for years to come. For that is our ultimate job, preservation and education about our railroads and their rich and storied history. Photo by J. Lilly.

 

 

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