Post by Terry Harbin on Nov 22, 2006 12:10:57 GMT -5
Saturday event to highlight Ithaca trolleys
Ithaca-Made Movies Inc. is planning an event about Ithaca trolley systems from 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Tompkins County Public Library's Borg Warner Community Room, 101 East Green St.
Beginning at 1 p.m., lifelong Ithacan John “Dawk” Stillwell will present a slideshow of Ithaca's trolley system that ran on the streets from 1887-1935. This will be a technical talk about how the trolleys worked in Ithaca. At 2:15 p.m., an hour-long documentary produced in 1988 entitled “Tracking the Memories” will be shown. The program focuses on the history of The Ithaca Street Railway and the efforts to rescue the remains of a 1924 Deluxe Birney Car found on Coddington Road in 1975 that was moved there in 1937. After the documentary, another 10-minute long segment “Save the Trolley” will show the removal of the above mentioned trolley from its location Ithaca-Made Movies will highlight the silent film makers' use of the trolleys in some of its productions. The Wharton brothers leased the former trolley amusement park (now Stewart Park) for their moviemaking. The most famous Ithaca movie scene features a trolley being tossed off the Stewart Ave. bridge on Aug. 1, 1914.