The Dayton Historical Depot Society, formed in 1974 as a group of concerned citizens, worked to save Dayton’s Historic Depot. The following year, Union Pacific donated the Depot to the Society and work to restore the beautiful building began. The museum opened in 1981. In 1999, the Society’s responsibilities expanded when Gladys Boldman donated her estate and directed the Society to create an educational showplace. After many years of sorting, this second museum presents a unique view of one family’s 20th century collection.
Maura Trainor, President
Katy Wamble, Vice President
Jennie Dickinson, Treasurer
Kari Dingman, Secretary
Cathy Lee-Haight, Past President
Sylvia Beuhler, Boldman House Manager
Tamara Fritze, Museum Director
The Dayton Historical Depot Society’s mission is to maintain and use its primary artifacts, the Depot building and the Boldman House, for the interpretation and education of local history. In keeping with their historical status, the Depot and the Boldman House will serve as resources for community use.
The Depot Society will continue the conservation of photographs, archives, video histories, and historical artifacts and also serve as a resource to encourage the preservation of local history. The Society’s collection will enhance its ability to educate and interpret without degrading the Depot’s or the Boldman House’s historical designations on the Local, State and National Registers of Historic Places.