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FRIENDS OF THE TEHACHAPI DEPOT

aka The Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum   |   Tehachapi, CA   |  www.TehachapiDepot.com

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

2007

President

Mr. Stephen Smith

Vice President

Mr. Marlan Woodside

Main address

101 W. Tehachapi Blvd.

Tehachapi, CA 93561 USA

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EIN

65-1221063

NTEE code info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum Operation

The original 1904 train depot was renovated into a museum in 2008 but was tragically destroyed by fire. The current museum was built from the original blueprints. Today the Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum is one of the most popular visitors attractions in the area. We host thousands of visitors yearly from all over the country and the world. The museum houses numerous historic railroad artifacts, including antique railroad maintenance equipment and tools, signs and a unique collection of signals, plus stories and photographs of the men and women who built the railroad and whose lives were affected by it. The museum is open Thursday thru Monday from 11:00am to 4:00pm throughout the year. Museum admission is free to all visitors. The Depot facility can be made available to local civic groups who wish to hold a meeting or event inside the historic Depot.

Population(s) Served

The Tehachapi Loop is part of the rail line that climbs the Tehachapi Pass out of Bakersfield. At the Loop the track winds around itself in a spiral as it ascends, easing the steepness if the grade. This world famous tourist attraction is located only 9 miles from the city of Tehachapi. The Depot Museum in concert with Kern County recently constructed a viewing platform at the overlook site to provide a safe area for its numerous visitors. Museum personnel maintain the area and host tour groups to the site as well as provide occasional docents to explain our local railroad history to visitors.

Population(s) Served

We participate in local community events and are active in a number of civic organizations such as the Economic Development Council, the Tourism Commission, Chamber of Commerce, local model railroad organizations, and we interface with local schools promoting railroad safety awareness.. We believe in being a partner with the community in promoting civic pride, tourism, and economic welfare.

Population(s) Served

We are a proactive museum. We continually strive to expand our ability to teach and showcase railroad history. We have an ongoing program to update and refresh our exhibits. We actively recruit new talent, and we pursue ways to become better known outside our geographic area. We purchased a caboose with the intent to move it onto the museum campus and form an integral part of the museum building itself, providing easy access to the interior of the unit. Once installed in place, we will commence a multiyear restoration of the unit. The addition of this caboose will become the new focus of the Museum and an enhancement to the appearance of the downtown area. We are also adding an annex building to store our historical materials and artifacts in a safer location. Due to a lack of space we must currently store these items in our unprotected basement. We have embarked on a fundraising campaign to raise upwards of $300,000 to finance these projects.

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Where we work

Awards

Award of Merit (for cooperation between a government and private organization) 2010

Kern Council of Governments

Our results

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amount of donations and grants

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Tehachapi Depot Railroad Museum Operation

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Direction of Success

Increasing

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Number of rallies/events/conferences/lectures held to further mission

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Enhancing Museum Capability

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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FRIENDS OF THE TEHACHAPI DEPOT

Board of directors
as of 11/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Stephen Smith

Retired US Government Aerospace Engineer

Term: 2021 - 2023

Keith Sackewitz

Retired Salesman and Community Volunteer

Mary Bouchard

Retired Helth Care Account manager

Susan Mueller

Retired teacher and travel agency owner

Linda Gordon

Retired Store owner, Bookkeer

Marlan Woodside

Retired US Government

Patricia Smith

Retired Bookkeeper

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No