Contact: Chris Stevenson, The National Museum of American Religion
LEESBURG, Va., Nov. 28, 2017 /Christian Newswire
/ -- The National Museum of American Religion (NMAR) has begun work to save the chapel car Good Will.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a number of Christian denominations invested in chapel cars – these were train cars that served as traveling chapels, bringing clergy, sacraments, and religious resources to people living along the railroad lines.
One of the chapel cars owned by the American Baptist Publication Society, the Good Will, is currently housed on the West Coast and will be destroyed unless removed from private property soon.
We believe that this is a valuable artifact which reflects the unique character and history of American religion and that it is worth saving. NMAR has initiated a crowdfunding effort to extract the car from its current location and move it to a rail yard. The museum plans on restoring the car and including it in their foundation collection to display.
The crowdfunding site
includes a video about the effort.