On Saturday, September 29, 2012 the Lincoln Depot Foundation held an event to show the extensive progress on the restoration of the depot building. The unveiling of a special gift by local artist and lifetime Peekskill resident Bob Barthelmes and his wife Kay highlighted the event.
The gift was an original Southard-Roberson Peekskill pot belly stove Bob had purchased three decades earlier and had loaned it to the Peekskill Museum for display. The stove was one designed for use in such applications as a railroad depot and, in fact, was originally used in the railroad depot in Goshen, New York. Thanks to Bob and Kay’s wonderful gift to the depot we will now have an original Peekskill stove included in the restoration of the Station Master/Passenger section of the depot. Just as it was in 1861 when President-elect Lincoln stopped to address the residents of Peekskill.
Another special feature of the day’s event came from State Senator Greg Ball, who represents the City of Peekskill in Albany. Senator Ball was able to secure a $100,000 NYS grant for the depot project! This funding will go a long way in offsetting the costs of the restoration of the building and the creation of the Lincoln Depot Museum.