Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum

Friends of the Tehachapi Depot

Jun 18 2014

FOTD Organization Chart


Board of Directors

  • Don Stephens –- President
  • Bruce Perry –- Vice President
  • Linda Gordon –- Treasurer
  • Teresa Perry –- Secretary
  • Sheryl Bovi -- Director
  • Keith Sackewitz -- Director
  • Catherine Smirnoff -- Director
  • Ex Officio Members

  • Fred Motter -- Board Advisor
  • Doug Pickard –- Board Advisor
  • Tim Trujillo –- Board Advisor
  • Functional Leaders

  • Sheryl Bovi -- Gift Shop Manager
  • Teresa Perry -- Event/Publicity/Fundraiser Coordinator/Newsletter Coordinator/Membership Coordinator
  • Keith Sackewitz -- Education Coordinator
  • Don Stephens -- Marketing/Sales
  • Dennis Storms -- Volunteer Work Crew
  • Staff

  • LaVerne Kemp -- Docent Coordinator
  • Susan Mueller -- Cashier Coordinator
  • Bruce Perry -- Website
  • Nick Smirnoff -- Curator/Advisor
  • Ken Williams -- Facilities and Registrar

    Aug 31 2008

    Friends of the Tehachapi Depot

    Mission Statement

    The mission of Friends of the Tehachapi Depot, through the operation of the Tehachapi Depot  Railroad  Museum, is to educate the public on the history and impact of the railroad in our community and geographic area.

    We tell the story of the people who built and continue to operate this major thoroughfare of commerce which is the nation's second transcontinental railroad.

    Our all volunteer staff is dedicated to the successful operation of our historic depot museum facility, maintaining the artifacts and displays, and providing an interactive learning experience for our local and worldwide visitors.

    Friends of the Tehachapi Depot History

    The Friends of the Tehachapi Depot was founded in 2004 by a group of dedicated people intent on preserving the unique history of the Southern Pacific Railroad Depot in Tehachapi, CA. We were awarded tax-exempt status by the IRS, effective April 19, 2004, under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

    The 1904 Tehachapi Depot was a standard Southern Pacific Railroad design known as Plan No. 23. Only six depots were left, and the Tehachapi Depot was the only one still situated at its original building site. It was also one of the few buildings that remained standing after the 1952 Tehachapi earthquake. The Depot was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    The Union Pacific Railroad handed the depot keys to the City of Tehachapi in 2005. Work began soon thereafter to restore the building to its original condition. On June 13, 2008, with restoration work very nearly complete, tragedy struck and the depot was completely destroyed by fire. Please see the enclosed newspaper article for details about this tragic event.

    The original floor plans are available and will be used to ensure that the completed Depot matches the original in every way possible, given the new building and ADA codes. Upon completion, the Depot will be utilized as a museum that will house the Stokoe Collection and other historical artifacts. The Stokoe collection consists of over 300 railroad artifacts, including working railroad signals, dinnerware, lanterns and other items.

    Completion of the Depot is targeted for July 2009, to coincide with the City’s Centennial Celebration in August 2009.

    We sincerely appreciate the financial assistance of individuals and their employers. Friends of The Tehachapi Depot is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

    If you have any further questions about the Tehachapi Depot and our goal of preserving it and the heritage it represents, please contact Friends of the Tehachapi Depot at (661) 823-1100.

    Friends of the Tehachapi Depot
    101 W. Tehachapi Blvd
    Tehachapi, CA 93561

    Museum Hours

    11 to 4 Thursday–Monday
    Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

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    FOTD Membership

    Join us as we preserve the history of the Tehachapi Depot! Print and mail the Friends of the Tehachapi Depot Membership Application - 60k.