This weekend, the Flora Depot will be open to the public for an open house, showing off new areas in the north wing and new exhibits, including a plaque honoring railroad veterans, a display of Military uniforms from service veterans around the area, and hobo barn boards with carvings.
The plaque in the main entrance has 444 railroad veterans names on it.
“The hallway that joins the Depot with the North end is set up as a veterans’ memorial and it features uniforms,” said Mary Anne Ayers.
These uniforms were donated or loaned from citizens around the area. There is an Air Force flight suit, or G-Suit, an
The North room has a number of items on display, including hobo barn boards, which are carved with different names, signs and signals.
The north room also is, “Eventually where there will be a model train display, and that’s marked over on the side,” said Ayers. “It’s just being designed now, by a designer in Evansville, Ind.
“There will be a Red Cross quilt on display there, we think, from World War I,” said Ayers. “It was just discovered this past week and its not there yet.”
Finally, the Flora American Legion has brought many of their pictures to the Depot as well. These are also on display in the North Room. “We need help in identifying people,” said Ayers.
The Depot also features the depot museum which is south of the main entrance and has been on display previous years. The Depot open house will be this weekend, and this Monday, after the conclusion of the Elmwood Cemetery Memorial Day observances.