The East Troy Railroad Museum operates the only surviving interurban electric railroad in Wisconsin between Mukwonago and East Troy, once part of the Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light company network centered in Milwaukee. It operates historic interurban cars and streetcars on a regular schedule. The historical significance of electric railroads and their profound impact on society are discussed along with their rapid development and almost equally rapid decline. The history of the museum is outlined along with current operations. The mission of the East Troy Railroad Museum is to preserve the line and equipment so that the public may experience riding on historic interurbans and streetcars and appreciate the role of the electric railroad in the development of many aspects of what we enjoy today. The case will be presented that so much of what we assume are very modern, present day features of life are actually the direct result of the electric railroad including addressing the question: Would church suppers be possible if the interurban had not appeared?
Presented by Evan Richards, retired from the UW-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center.
Food pantry contributions: Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Both cash and checks payable to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, with "Food Pantry" on the memo line, will be accepted.
Parking: Parking is free in the ramp across the street from Capitol Lakes. Enter off Washington Place (between West Main Street and West Washington Avenue). Push the blue button to obtain a ticket and park in spaces marked "Capitol Lakes Reserved." If the gates are open, tickets will not be dispensed, and you will not need one to leave. After the program, the Capitol Lakes front desk will validate your ticket.
Registration: Advance registration is required. If you are not registered in advance, you may not receive handouts. If you or your companion registered for this seminar but cannot attend, please email or call the UWRA Office.
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UW-Madison Retirement Association
21 N Park St, Room 7205
Madison WI 53715-1218