125th Anniversary Celebration, 1886-2011
The Electric City Trolley Museum Association in cooperation with the City of Scranton
Presents a celebration of the first commercially successful and longest operating electric streetcar line in the United States.
The Green Ridge Suburban Streetcar Line, Scranton, Pennsylvania, November 30, 1886 - December 18, 1954.
Trolley Film Festival - A series of historic films.
Every Saturday & Sunday Through December 4, 2011
- 1:00 PM - Scranton Trolleys
- 1:45 PM - Rocky Glen Park
- 2:30 PM - The Laurel Line
At the Museum building, 300 Cliff St, Scranton. Free with Museum admission. Please call the Museum at (570) 963-6590 for further information.
Charles J. Van Depoele Day
Changed to Thursday, December 1, 2011, 1:00 PM at the Museum
- Dedication of Historical Marker placed on the Chamber of Commerce's Scranton Enterprise Center building.
- Unveiling of the only two known portraits of Charles J. Van Depoele, the Electrical Engineer hired by Edward Baker Sturges, first President of the new electric railway,
to build the two and one half mile electric line to Green Ridge.
- Officials from the City of Scranton, Lackawanna County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will speak.
Sunday, June 19, 2011, 11:00 - 11:30 AM
Electric City Trolley Station and Museum, 300 Cliff St., Scranton, PA 18503, Phone (570) 963-6590
- Dominic Keating, Master of Ceremonies - Welcome and introduction of speakers and guests.
- Chris Doherty, Mayor of Scranton - The reading of the Mayor's Proclamation.
- Wayne Hiller, Manager, Electric City Trolley Station and Museum - Remarks.
- Corey O'Brien, Lackawanna County Commissioner - The Reading of the Commissioners' Proclamation.
- Natalie Gelb Sofanelli, Executive Director, Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority - Remarks.
- Jen Honick, Director of Administration & Finance, COLTS (County Of Lackawanna Transportation System) - Remarks.
- Norman Barrett, Member, Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Chapter, National Railway Historical Society - Remarks.
- Mark Dougher, Deputy Director, Parks and Recreation, City of Scranton - Remarks.
- Chester Kulesa, Executive Director, Anthracite Heritage Museum - Remarks.
- Robert Savakinus, President, Anthracite Heritage Museum Volunteers - Remarks.
- Mary Ann Moran-Savakinus, Executive Director, Lackawanna Historical Society - Remarks.
- Robert J. Walker, Scranton Historian, Restorer of the Edward Baker Sturges Home - Remarks.
- David W. Biles, 125th Anniversary Committee Co-Chairman, Volunteer Curator, Electric City Trolley Museum Association - Remarks.
- James A. Wert, 125th Anniversary Committee Co-Chairman, Member, Electric City Trolley Museum Association - Remarks.
- John Seedorff, Member of the Board of Directors, Electric City Trolley Museum Association - Remarks.
Closing - Audience Participation, Singing of the "Trolley Song"
Souvenir Booklet Handout:
1865-1954, From Horse Cars to Buses, A look back at Scranton's City Transit History and the 125th Anniversary Calendar of Events.
125th Anniversary Funding Provided by:
- The Electric City Trolley Museum Association
- The Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the National Park Service
- The Lackawanna County Department of Arts & Culture