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Paul Swanson, Rory Peterson and Bob Ristow look over the Ed Wilkommen collection of slides.
by D. Evenson
Through the Massive scanning efforts of Trustee Paul Swanson, Don Pelltier, Sam Weber, Rory Peterson and Larry Foht the photos from the collections of Ritzman, Bruce Meyer slides, CRI&P, and the Edward Wilkommen collection. The format varies from 8 x 10 glass plate negatives, 8 x 10 film negatives and color slides from 35mm to 3 x 3 slides.
You can access these photos at our new bebsite www.lakestatesarchive.com. There you can download pictures for viewing or for purchase. Or click on link below.
>Use Policy:<
LSRHA makes these images available with the understanding that they are solely for personal private research purposes. Any use beyond, such as publication, copying, selling, sharing, displaying, public exhibition, or any distribution via email, uploading to internet sites or social media requires prior written permission. (Permission forms are available here) Additional fees may apply, see below. We do however encourage sharing links to our archive and individual images.

Become a member of Lake States Railway Historical Association, Inc. and help support the preservation of railroad history.
Due to increasing fixed costs of maintaining and operating Lake States we find it necessary to raise membership dues. The increase will become effective Jan.1, 2019.
The increase is $5 and affects the non profit and Associate categories.
Lake States is entirely volunteer run. 100% of your dues donation is tax deductible.
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Part of the Bruce Meyer collection
by D. Evenson
Through November 2018 LSRHA has received 18 collections via donations from dedicated collectors of rail history.
Phil Weibler recently donated a collection of Rock Island glass plate negatives which are currently being scanned. Another acquisition is the Bruce Meyer collection consisting of over 6,000 slides and 2,000 photos. Thanks to Bonnie Meyer, LSRHA will be the caretaker of Bruce's extensive collection of EMD builder's slides and other great photographic images.
The family of Don Ginter donated the rest of his Fairbanks Morse collection to Lake States It consists of company documents catalogs, manuals and builders photos of FM diesels.
Additional Sheffield material was also included in the collection.
The third large collection came from the Edward Wilkommen estate in Wauwatosa, WI. An estimated 10,000 images of railroads world wide shows Ed's love of travel through thousands of negatives, large format slides, and photo prints. It will be a challenge to catalog this collection.
In the future we will highlight some of the images on the LSRHA web site.
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Rory Peterson, Belvidere, IL and Larry Foht, Rockford, IL placing Ritzman prints into the new archival sleeves obtained through a grant from the Wisconsin Historical Society.
by D. Evenson
We are happy to announce that we have received a mini-grant from the Wisconsin Historical Society in the amount of $500. This is a matching grant so we have to raise an additional $500 in order to receive the grant. The money will be used to purchase archival sleeves for the safe storing of photographic prints in the Ritzman collection so they are available for viewing. Right now the prints are stored in numerous boxes that are not favorable to good photographic preservation.
Your help is needed to raise the additional $500 for the archival sleeves. You may send your contributions to Lake States Railway Historical Association, 330 Lynn Street, Baraboo, WI 53913. Mark your donation "Ritzman project". Any contribution is gratefully appreciated.


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One of FM's builders books showing diesel locomotives ready for shipping.
by D. Evenson