Dear Friends of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum,
2021 has been both an exciting and challenging year. COVID-19 prevented us from holding special events in 2020, but thanks to the hard work and determination of our volunteers and staff, we opened to general admission visitors in April 2021 as well as offering our typical spring, summer, and fall schedule. As we expected, the pandemic has softened our visitation numbers as people are still finding their own personal comfort level about participating in community excursions. Despite the challenges, the enthusiasm of the volunteers and staff remain high as everyone is looking forward to the future with excitement.
Thanks to generous individuals and a mortgage loan from KeyBank, we purchased an adjacent building, the Reliance Building, in December 2020. Since then, volunteers and contractors have spent countless hours upgrading space for the Museum’s Archives and Executive Offices. We moved mobile equipment from the Artifact Preservation Building (APB) inside the Reliance Building, allowing our last two trolley cars to be moved inside! Future uses include a trolley restoration area, wood and metal shops as well as trolley car and mobile equipment storage. The acquisition of the Reliance Building will address the Museum’s future building needs outside of the Welcome and Education Center!
2021 is a year of great progress! Construction is moving forward on our East Campus Development as part of our On Track for the Future Campaign. We broke ground in May and work is underway on the state-of-the-art Welcome and Education Center. We expect the building to begin to come out of the ground in early 2022 and open next fall. The Center will welcome you to Trolley Street, an outdoor display where you can ride trolleys as well as visit Wexford Station, the Trolley Display Building, a children’s playground, gazebo, and fountain plaza.
Institutionally, we updated our Mission Statement and adopted a Vision Statement and Core Values. At our August Annual Meeting, a new logo with the tag line, “History that connects us,” was unveiled. These are important steps as we prepare the Museum for the future.
While you can feel the excitement of the future, we need your help! Due to COVID-19, your support of the Museum’s general fund this year is more important than ever! A donation to the general fund will provide the support that allows the Museum to have the facilities, tools, and materials needed to restore and maintain our historic cars, protect the archives as well as develop and implement educational programs and exhibits. Admissions and event fees cover only a portion of operating costs and with restrictions due to the pandemic, we’re asking you to support the Museum through a donation.
To make an end-of-year donation, visit https://pa-trolley.org/support/ptm-donation-form/. Donations are tax deductible according to IRS regulations. If you take the standard deduction on your 2021 tax return, you can claim the “above the line” deduction up to $300 per the CARES Act. The maximum deduction is increased to $600 for married individuals filing jointly.
You may also make a gift through a “qualified charitable distribution” or “charitable rollover” from your IRA. If you are over the age of 70½, you may distribute an annual amount tax-free up to $100,000. Your IRA administer can help you make this gift.
We are also excited to announce a brand-new membership opportunity – The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum Society. Please consider becoming a charter member! This $1,000 per-year membership includes:
• Unlimited admission for your family (up to 2
adults and 2 children) to some of our Core Events
(Bunny Trolley, Pumpkin Patch Trolley, and Santa
• Priority bookings for all special events
• Special recognition in the Museum’s Trolley Fare
• Invitation to attend an extended tour of the Museum
• Invitation to an annual reception at the Museum
• 10% discount on merchandise offered online or in the Museum Store
• Entitled to one vote during the annual election of Trustees
Thank you for your consideration. Help us keep the momentum going! Please contact Scott Becker at 724-228-9970 if you need more information.
Best wishes to you and yours this holiday season,
Edward C. Morascyzk, Esq.
Scott R. Becker