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The Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum will reopen for public tours on Thursday, June 18. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will go on sale beginning next week via the Museum’s website.

“We want all of our stakeholders and potential visitors to know that the Museum will do everything it can to meet, and even exceed, health and cleanliness guidelines to insure that our staff, volunteers and visitors are as safe as we can possibly make them,” stated Executive Director Noel Poirier.

The Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum has instituted changes in its ticketing and tour structure to accommodate the COVID-19 requirements of the Ohio Department of Health. The changes are:

·     Tickets for all tour time slots must be purchased in advance. No walk-ins will be permitted.

·     Tour size will be strictly limited to 8 people according to the current health order by the State of Ohio.

·     Visitors should wait in their vehicles or the parking lot until 10 minutes before tour time.

·     Visitors and staff must adhere to social distancing requirements as determined by the State of Ohio.

·     Museum staff will wear masks at all times when interacting with visitors; Visitors are encouraged to wear face coverings.

·     Public areas (gift shop, restrooms, etc.) will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times a day; a deep clean is performed once a week by an outside, professional cleaning service.

·     After the tour visitors should not reenter the Depot building unless there is a need to use the restroom facilities, and that should be done one at a time.

We will be rescheduling our cancelled special tour programs for later this summer. The Museum is excited to once again be able to share with the general public the passion for steam railroading of our founders, Jerry and Laura Jacobson. Thank you for your continued support!

After taking time to analyze the best available information concerning the Covid-19 pandemic I have decided to err on the side of caution. In an attempt to follow the lead of Governor DeWine and after considering the official advice offered by officials at both the state and federal levels by the Ohio Health Department and the CDC we are postponing both the safety video recording scheduled for next week on March 27th-28th and the CPR/First Aid course that was originally scheduled for the morning of Saturday April 4th.

At this time, planning is difficult as it is unclear when the governor’s orders for social distancing and the Health Department’s official advice will be lifted but I will be in touch with you as soon as we are able to reschedule times for these important projects.

Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

I want to thank you for your patience and understanding in these uncertain times.

Thank you and take care,
Mr. Taylor Little

Volunteer Documents

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Volunteer Application

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Volunteer Emergency Contact Form

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Volunteer Waiver

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Volunteer Rights & Responsibilities

A list of your rights and responsibilities as an AOSRM Volunteer

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

The Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum recently gathered its volunteer corps to thank them for a job well done. This year marked the beginning of public tours and programs at the Roundhouse. Volunteers contribute to everything from guiding tours to turning nuts in the restoration shop.

Museum staff thanked every volunteer for their support throughout the year, but for the first time the Museum also presented two awards in recognition of special contributions to the institution throughout the 2019 tour season. The Volunteer of the Year Award is for the volunteer who best exemplifies the spirit of the institution’s founders, Jerry and Laura Jacobson, and their love for steam locomotives, commitment to historic preservation, and joy of sharing those passions with the public. Chief Mechanical Officer Tim Sposato announced the winner of the Master Mechanic’s Award, given to a volunteer in recognition of their special contributions to the Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum’s restoration efforts.

This year’s award winners where two longtime friends of the Jacobson family. The Volunteer of the Year Award went to Brittany Rodgers of West Lafayette who remembers Jerry inviting her into the cab of steam locomotives as a child and became a mainstay volunteer once the Roundhouse opened to the public in May of this year. The Master Mechanic’s Award went to Mike Costill of Canal Fulton who grew up as a childhood friend of Jerry’s and has been involved in his railroad and steam operations over the years. Mike volunteers regularly in the back-shop aiding with restoration jobs and often helps to guide tours and work with the public during special events.

The Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum is currently accepting new volunteers for the 2020 tour season. Perspective volunteers can find applications and information online at https://ageofsteamroundhouse.org/about-us/volunteer/. The roundhouse is open for public tours May through October on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 10AM, 12PM, and 2PM. Tickets can be purchased online at https://ageofsteamroundhouse.org/events/