Friends of the East Broad Top
A nonprofit society dedicated to the preservation and restoration
of the East Broad Top Railroad National Historic Landmark
Things we do

Why Donate?

Are you interested in railroads; specifically in preserving the oldest original narrow gauge railroad still operating in the United States east of the Mississippi? Are you interested in industrial archaeology? How about early 20th century coal mining and late nineteenth century iron making? Are you interested in turn-of-the-nineteenth century industrial processes like machining, forging, blacksmithing and foundry work? Are you interested in preserving American National Historic Sites for our children and grandchildren? Or would you simply like to make a difference with a worthwhile, relevant project?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you should consider a donation to the Friends of the East Broad Top. The East Broad Top Railroad is relevant to all of the above subjects and more. Donating to the FEBT will help to preserve and restore a unique and valuable piece of American History. Your donation will buy tools and materials to help out volunteers carry out their important task of stabilizing, preserving and restoring priceless buildings, track, machinery and rolling stock of the East Broad Top. Your donation will help increase the FEBT's collection of artifacts, materials and paper documenting the history and operation of this south central Pennsylvania narrow gauge railroad. Your donation will help fund professional documentation projects of buildings and structures in danger of being lost due to the ravages of time. Your donation may help someone else to learn about and enjoy this fascinating little narrow gauge railroad

There are many reasons for assisting us in our efforts to keep the EBT alive and well. Why not read through some of the ways you can donate on this page and then become a part of this effort by becoming a member of the FEBT and donating to the cause.

P.S. You do not have to be a member of the FEBT to donate... but why not join anyway?

Monetary Donations

Although the day-to-day operation of the Friends of the East Broad Top is generally covered from members dues, funds to carry out the major part of the FEBT mission statement, preserving and restoring the EBT, comes from the generous monetary donations of individuals like you. Each donation we receive will be acknowledged in writing by the treasurer of our restoration fund.

As our thank-you for your generous donations of $75 or more that we receive prior to December 31st of 2018, we'll send you a copy of one of these handsome prints!

Reproductions of original paintings by Peter Lerro. Upper left Action at the Company Square: Robertsdale, Pennsylvania (15.5" x 22" image size), offered to donors in 2013; upper right A Beehive of Activity: Rockhill, Pennsylvania (15.5" x 20" image size), 2014; middle right Meet at Coles Tank: East Broad Top Railroad (11.75" x 25" image size), 2015; lower left Late Afternoon at the Tipple: Rockhill, Pennsylvania (19.5" x 16" image size), 2016; and lower right Keeping the Wheels Rolling: Rockhill Pennsyvania (11.5" x 25" image size), 2017.

You may contribute to the fund online through our secure payment gateway at:

Online FEBT Restoration Fund Donations

or by mail by sending your check to:

FEBT Fundraising Treasurer
Ray Davidowski
P.O. Box 81
Sarver, PA 16055
Telephone: (724) 594 6311

FEBT is a registered non-profit organization, and as such your donations are tax deductible.

Artifact Donations

The Friends of the East Broad Top is constantly searching for historical items and artifacts relating to the East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company and the customers it served. Our museum holds an increasing number of valuable EBT related items, while the FEBT's C.R. Wilburn Library contains a growing archive of EBT historical material. We actively encourage individuals and groups who are holding EBT artifacts and material to consider donating them to the Friends of the East Broad Top. We would also encourage those who do not wish to part with their items at this time, to consider a bequest of future gift of their EBT related items to the Friends of the East Broad Top.

Similar to Gifts and Bequests (see below), donation of "in-kind" items can represent a significant asset to your tax or estate planning. Please address all inquiries regarding donations of EBT related materials and artifacts to:

Hank Inman
President, Friends of the East Broad Top
2016 A Park Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220

Telephone: (804) 353–0817

Donations of Tools, Materials & Equipment

The Friends of the East Broad Top's restoration efforts are in constant need of various tools, materials and equipment. If you are interested in donating in kind to the FEBT's restoration efforts, please see the donation section on the restoration page for more details on the types of items required and how to donate them.

Corporate Matching of Donations

Corporate matching gifts are an easy way for donors to increase the impact of their personal contributions to the Friends of the East Broad Top. In most cases the result is to double and sometimes triple the amount that you give. We will be happy to provide the necessary information if your employer has such a corporate program to match charitable donations made by its employees and retirees.

Here is a partial list of companies we have received matching contributions from:

Designated Gifts and Bequests

A gift is a planned donation made during your lifetime. A bequest is a planned donation that is specified in your will. Planned giving not only benefits the Friends of the East Broad Top, but can provide a significant tax advantage to the donor as well. Your personal tax advisor or accountant can discuss with you how your gift, or bequest to the Friends of the East Broad Top can minimize your tax liability.

Gifts or bequests may be made generally or to a specific FEBT project or program. We will gladly discuss with you arrangements for donations or gifts to the Friends of the East Broad Top. Our legal advisor can also supply information about including FEBT in your will.

For further information concerning any of these donation opportunities, please direct your inquiries to:

Hank Inman
President, Friends of the East Broad Top
2016 A Park Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220

Telephone: (804) 353–0817

Friends of the East Broad Top, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational and historical society dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the East Broad Top Railroad. Friends of the East Broad Top is not affiliated with the East Broad Top Railroad & Coal Co.

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