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Our View: History on track in Folsom

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Several weeks ago, this newspaper explained how the Folsom History Museum was no longer going to be able to provide its readers with weekly images for its popular Vintage Folsom feature that was noted as a key component in the Telegraph being named one of California’s top five weekly newspapers recently.

While the newspaper and the historical society have attempted to come together to correct this situation and restore the community relationship that was present for many decades, it has been too little avail. Changing times comes with changing policies in many cases. But like we have done many times, we have veered a different direction to continue to provide Vintage Folsom and Folsom A to Z, both of which are very popular with our readers while educating and promoting the rich history of this city.

As we reached out to our 24,000 readers (and counting) recently and asked for their assistance in the way of old photos from the area we quickly learned two things.

First, we learned how supportive this entire community is of its award-winning community newspaper that has been around since 1856, recording much of the history as it happened through the decades. The response was overwhelming from the community wanting to insure history continues to be a part of the Folsom Telegraph.

The second thing we learned is how passionate the residents of Folsom are about the history of their city. Not only have members of the community come forth to supply us with materials, they are excited to do so and they are happy to engage with their local newspaper. Such engagement is important for a community newspaper. It is engagement and partnerships with those in our city that have made the Folsom Telegraph successful and lately, award-winning.

We have had great input and submissions from local residents to representatives from the Library of Congress, the City of Folsom, the Folsom Public Library and others, all willing to join us to continue this very important part of this publication.

One such contributor has been the Folsom Train Museum and longtime Folsom resident Bill Anderson. When it comes to the railroad in Folsom, Anderson is the go-to guy. A railroad retiree, who never lost his love of the industry is a wealth of information, Anderson is not only willing to help the local newspaper out with his vast knowledge of what was once the key resource of commerce in our town, he is willing to talk to anyone about it, from little ones to those who were part of the time period themselves.

The Folsom Telegraph thanks everyone who has joined us in our mission to continue to publicize our local history. We especially want to thank Anderson, not only for his willingness to work with us, but for his commitment to preserve this important part of our past. Much of this can be viewed and enjoyed by the public in Folsom’s very own Train Museum that is a hidden gem that sits between the Folsom Chamber of Commerce office and Frontier Village on Wools Street. Inside a real historical train car, visitors can look back in time at heyday of the railroad in our fine city. 

The museum is open to the public on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a mere $2 donation, one can learn so much from an important part of our past that continues to be today with Sacramento Regional Transit expanding its rail service this month to permit more travel in and out of historic Folsom. Thank you, Bill Anderson and thank you Folsom for your continued support of your local, free community newspaper.

For those that wish to contribute to Vintage Folsom, please send your information and materials to folsomtelegraph@goldcountrymedia.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

-The Editorial Board of the Folsom Telegraph