On Track for the Future is a landmark $13.5 million fundraising campaign that will extend Pennsylvania Trolley Museum’s role as a regional heritage and tourism attraction. We welcome you aboard as we embark on a campaign to tell the story of Pennsylvania’s Trolley Era in a new and more immersive way.
Over the past 10 years, the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum has seen tremendous visitor growth, with over 31,000 people walking through PTM’s doors each year. In order to more effectively connect with our visitors and provide them with a more rewarding educational experience, we plan to build a new integrated, immersive complex that will significantly expand our education programs and serve as our new “front door”.
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An 18,000 square-foot Welcome & Education Center adjacent to the Trolley Display Building, will house the visitors’ center, educational exhibits, classrooms and event rooms, ticket kiosk, offices, museum store, and a café. The new Center will display and interpret exhibits that tell the story of the Trolley Era.
Connecting the current Trolley Display Building and the proposed Welcome & Education Center will be Trolley Street, an outdoor display where visitors can tour and ride trolleys, visit the newly restored Wexford Station, enjoy a small park area, and more. This immersive, educational experience will be a one-of-a-kind display, unique in the United States.
Enhanced Education Programming
This new space will enhance PTM’s role as a resource for educators and learners of all ages. The expansion will increase the capability to provide quality educational experiences in history and STEM areas. The Trolley Museum is designing and implementing exhibits and programs with the consultation of experts in the field and will be training staff on best educational practices.
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A Letter of Thanks
Pennsylvania Trolley Museum incorporated in 1953 with the goal of preserving and passing down the rich heritage of the Trolley Era to future generations. Since that date the Museum has grown into one of the regions’ most popular living history sites and one of the finest trolley museums in the United States. Over the past 10 years, PTM has experienced significant visitor growth, with over 31,000 visitors annually and with this has outgrown its facilities.
Now, to be On Track for the Future, we are raising funds to create an immersive heritage complex to share our history more thoroughly and expand our education outreach. To date, we have raised over $12.7 million toward a $13.5 million immediate goal to expand educational programs and enhance visitors’ experiences.
As part of the $12.7 million raised, we received from the Allegheny Foundation a $5 million conditional lead grant. $3.5 million of this grant is an exciting challenge. Each contribution made will be matched dollar for dollar – which doubles the value of every gift. These funds may be raised until December 31, 2020; this is when the challenge grant expires. This incentive makes now the time to consider an especially generous gift.
We invite you join join our efforts to communicate the vital story of the Trolley Era to an even wider audience. Your contribution will help to propel the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum along our future rails.
Scott R. Becker, Executive Director