IMA readers who have an interest in industrial uses of steam power may wish to become members of the Stationary Engine Society recently formed. Interim Secretary is Roger L. Robertson of 3706 Emily Street, Kensington, MD 20895, who edits the newsletter. Dues have been set at $10.00 annually, and the second issue of the newsletter reported that membership may already be nearing 100.
The purpose for the Society is to build a roster of individuals and organizations in the United States and Canada interested in stationary power. Another objective is to develop an inventory of surviving engines in those countries.
Over the summer, Secretary Robertson had discussions with representatives of the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), a division of the National Park Service. The outcome was permission to use the 'HAER inventory' form in obtaining the information. This form had been developed in the mid-1970s to inventory existing industrial steam engines. This earlier effort led to the cataloging of about 300 engines, but little has been done on it since.
The Society will have the HAER forms available in order to record engines not previously inventoried, engines in Canada, and new information on engines they already know about. If you want to know more, or wish to join the newly formed Society, write to Robertson at the address above.