The city of Parkville is trying to raise funds to preserve artifacts from its old Burlington railroad depot, and as part of that effort, the Northland Community Choir is holding a benefit concert on Sunday.
Parkville Mayor Nan Johnston said the city moved these early 20th century artifacts from the depot to City Hall for display in June. The depot is no longer used for train travel.
The artifacts include china from the old trains that served meals, a conductor’s uniform, several signs, maps and promotional materials that the railroad gave away such as calendars, ashtrays and toys, Johnston said.
“It used to be quite an event to travel by train,” the mayor said.
Cindy Hodson, president of the Northland Community Choir, said the proceeds from the concert entitled “On Rivers and Rails: Parkville's Story in Song” will benefit the Parkville railroad collection.
Musical selections will include railroad-themed pieces such as “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and also “Shenandoah” and the “Missouri Waltz,” in tribute to the nearby Missouri River.
“Both the river and rail have been a large part of the Parkville area and we wanted to focus on both avenues of transportation,” Hodson said.
The concert will be held at 3 p.m. in the Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the Park University campus. The choir is asking for a $10 per person donation at the door.