TROY — The Board of Directors of the East Troy Railroad Museum has
hired a new executive director, Becky Schoonover, who started June
Schoonover, who lives in Oconomowoc, has over 18 years of program
and operational experience. She has a B.A. in art and psychology
from DePaul University in Chicago. Schoonover will be the first paid
employee at the museum, which has been run entirely by volunteers.
“This is the next step the board wanted to take to help us grow,”
said Pat Doran, chairman of the board at the historic tourist
railroad. “We’ve experienced tremendous growth over the past several
years, but felt that we needed a full-time leader at the railroad
with a new perspective to help us continue that growth.”
Ryan Jonas, president of the railroad, added, “I am really excited
about her approach to improving our guest experience, and her new
ideas for expanded offerings at the railroad.”
The East Troy Railroad Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational
corporation dedicated to preserving the rail heritage of Wisconsin
and America. The organization operates historic electric trolleys,
streetcars and interurban cars on track completed by The Milwaukee
Electric Railway & Light Company (TMER&L) in 1907.
Nearly 130 volunteers operate the railroad and maintain the track,
the historic train cars, and the electric overhead. Regularly
scheduled trains run every Saturday and Sunday from April through
early November. Trains also run on Fridays, from late May to late
September, departing East Troy at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.