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Trolleys and Interurban Transportation

Wednesday, June 24        7pm – 8:30pm

 

 

In 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.   

 

In 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.

 

 

 

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