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Trolleyology: Cemetery Transit: A History of Death Riding the Rails

October 10, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Cemetery Transit A History Of Death Riding The Rails
Join PTM staff, volunteers, and members for our Zoom series, Trolleyology! These programs feature Pennsylvania transit history topics and tales of our collection that you can experience from home. Registration is required but free of charge. Donations are welcome and encouraged.


Cemetery Transit: A History of Death Riding the Rails

10/10/2023 – 7 PM ET – Presented by Allison C. Meier



Transportation and the cemetery have been linked for centuries, from 19th-century ferries carrying the dead in New York City to early 20th-century funerary street cars in Mexico City. Every city had to find a way to move its departed citizens to their final stop, such as Pittsburgh’s Citizens Passenger Railway Horsecar, which in 1859 established a route between Fifth Avenue and a cemetery. This online talk led by Allison Meier, the author of Grave (Bloomsbury, 2023) and a cemetery tour guide, will chronicle these surprising connections between the dead and transit both in the United States and around the world, including a look at some historic curios like the London Necropolis Railway and presidential funeral trains.


This program will be recorded and available at a later date on the PTM YouTube channel.


Trolleyology presentations will continue on a regular or semi-regular basis. Interested in presenting? Email assistant@patrolley.org! We’re specifically looking for programs related to the Trolley Era in general, Pennsylvania transit history, or stories about our collection. Please join our e-mail list to stay up-to-date with program announcements and other PTM news!

*For the best experience, we recommend downloading Zoom in advance.

NOTE: This is a virtual event


October 10, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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