New Haven’s street railway system spanned over 80 years from horse drawn streetcars in the 1860’s to one of the most complex electric trolley systems in the country lasting until the late 1940’s. The trolley system was an integral part of the city’s cultural and economic growth and shaped the surrounding suburbs and shoreline communities. Every major city in Connecticut had a trolley system which interconnected through over 700 miles of track, crisscrossing the state.
The Shore Line Trolley Museum runs its trolleys on the last remaining 1.5 miles of the Connecticut Company’s New Haven line making it the oldest continuously operated suburban street railway system in the United States. As a member of the Speaker’s Bureau, you’ll be invited to speak not only on the museums background, artifacts and restored trolley collection but also on how the trolley system shaped our state and was truly the first “green” mode of transportation.
Audiences are diverse ranging from school age children to seniors (many of whom still remember the trolleys) to rail fans, either on-site and at remote locations. Don’t worry, we’ll make sure we match you to the audiences you’re comfortable with and we provide you with the material needed for your specific audience. You’ll also be trained on how to set up a conference room or meeting hall so that your audience can stay engaged. Speakers are needed for days, evenings and weekends and since you’re a volunteer, you tell us when you can help out.
If you think this is something you might want to do, the Museum will be holding 2 open houses. The first will be held on Thursday, February 15 from 6 – 8PM, the second on Saturday, February 17 from 10AM – noon. Both open houses will be held in our Sprague Visitors Center, 17 River St, East Haven, CT.
For more information, please contact the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (203) 467-6927. The Shore Line Trolley Museum is an educational 501(c)3 non-profit organization.