the wake of recent news about General Motors’ bankruptcy, Windsor
Historical Society takes you back to an era where urban and suburban
commuters were more likely to hop on a trolley than drive their own
automobiles to work. On Wednesday, June 24th, from 7
p.m. to 8:30 p.m., join us at the Society to view the documentary
Taken for a Ride , then hear local experts react to the film and
discuss new options in interurban transportation.
the early 20th century, few Americans owned automobiles;
one reason was that streetcars provided a convenient, low-cost way
of getting about. The film examines how sophisticated public
relations campaigns run by people like General Motors President
Alfred Sloan motivated people to give automobiles a try. Was the
demise of streetcars a natural phenomenon? Was it the result of an
unholy alliance between General Motors, Standard Oil, Firestone
Tires and other businesses to kill off a viable, environmentally
friendly mass transit system? Was the truth somewhere in between?
See the film, hear from the experts and your neighbors, then decide
for yourself. Cost for this program is $6 for adults, $5 for
seniors and students, and $4 for Society members.