The board of directors of the Rosenberg Railroad Museum announced the promotion of Tracy Hobdy to executive director, effective March 1.
Hobdy replaces Ratha Liladrie, who resigned from the museum last month. Hobdy has been involved with the museum since 2014, when she started as a volunteer educator and developed and implemented several popular programs, including home school classes and the Boy Scout merit badge program. In 2016, she became education coordinator, where she expanded the museum’s educational opportunities and presence at community events; was instrumental in increasing attendance in classes and the number of field trips visiting the museum; assisted in planning and executing special events and fundraisers; and worked with volunteers and docents.
Hobdy has a bachelor of science degree in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University. She has been active in the education field for over 25 years and has served in many capacities in various community organizations.
“Ms. Hobdy’s proven track record, knowledge and dedication to the museum make her a great fit for this key role,” said Greg Cauthen, president of the board.
The board thanked Liladrie for her leadership of the museum over the past four years, where she was instrumental in increasing visitors from 14,000 in 2014 to over 19,000 in 2017.
The Rosenberg Railroad Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and education of railroading in Fort Bend County. Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Rosenberg, the museum began collecting its first artifacts in the early 1990s and has continued to expand over the years. Today its exhibits include a variety of artifacts from railroads of the past, the interlocker tower built in 1903, Tower 17, a Mopac Caboose, a passenger car from 1879, the Quebec, a growing model train garden railroad, HO and Lionel model train layouts and more.
The museum offers preschool, home school, scouts and other educational programs. The museum also has a very popular birthday party program, in addition to three annual fundraising festivals each year. The next festival is the 11th annual RailFest on April 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and online tickets, visit www.rosenbergrrmuseum.org.