Benefactor leaves Orange Empire Railway Museum $400,000

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PERRIS, Calif. – The Orange Empire Railway Museum will receive $400,000 from the estate of one its members, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported. Pauline Kroll, whose donation paid for the Harvey House waitress exhibit at the museum, left the money to the museum when she died Feb. 5.

Kroll, 91, a retired registered nurse, donated $100,000 for the Harvey House exhibit. She attended the Dec. 10, 2011, groundbreaking. The Kroll Family Harvey Girls Exhibit isexpected to open in 2012 on the museum’s 100-acre campus. “The rest of her generous estate gift will enrich museum projects that preserve Southern California’s railway history,” said Jeff Levenson, executive director of the museum.

Before she died, Kroll gave $130,000 to the Thomas F. Grose Library and Research Center opening at the museum in 2013, he said.
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