Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Inc.

  • Shelburne Falls, MA
  • http://www.sftm.org

Mission Statement

To preserve railroad and trolley history and artifacts, especially of the Franklin County, Massachusetts area, and to educate the public about these artifacts and historical information through collection, restoration, display, demonstration and interpretation.
This mission is carried out by:
* Preserving railroad and trolley history and artifacts by collecting, restoring and displaying trolley cars, locomotives, rolling stock, tools, equipment, photographs, ephemera and other items associated with the purpose, use, operation, function, study and enjoyment of railroads and trolleys.
* Recreating the experience of an early-1900's rural street railway by giving rides on our demonstration railway on restored trolley and railroad equipment. The rides include interpretive talks on the history and uses of the equipment, the importance to the community of the services the railroad and trolleys provided and their role in the development of the community.
* Offering educational programs to area schools and organizations about the history of the local trolley and railroad operations.
* Restoring and maintaining the historic Freight House and yard to demonstrate their significance on the community.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Interpretive Trolley Rides
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

SFTM represents railroad history, primarily from the western Massachusetts region, our visitors come from all over the world.

ruling year

1992

Principal Officer since 2011

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Robert "Sam" Bartlett

Keywords

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Trolley, Museum, Railroads, History, Trollies, Trolleys, Street Cars, Locomotives, Transportation

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Also Known As

SFTM

EIN

04-3133373

 Number

8088877945

Physical Address

14 Depot St

Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

SFTM provides rides on its restored 1896 trolley car to demonstrate transportation systems of 100 years ago. Each ride includes an interpretive talk describing the trolley, the street railway, the restoration process, and answers any questions that the visitors might have. Visitors also can view the other railroad equipment on display and photographs of the early street railway days and other artifacts. Interpretive rides on an antique hand-powered pump car are also available.

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Program 2

Interpretive Trolley Rides

Our trained volunteer crew operates our restored trolley for the public . Rides include a description of local life in the early 20th century, especially as relates to transportation, and a description of how No. 10 was saved and restored.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$18,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

SFTM represents railroad history, primarily from the western Massachusetts region, our visitors come from all over the world.

Funding Needs

SFTM has plans for a new, fire-resistant carbarn to store No 10 trolley in, and to perform upcoming restoration work.  Our budget is $150,000, we have raised $15,000 so far.  See http://www.sftm.org/carbarn.shtml

Affiliations + Memberships

Association of Railway Museums (ARM)

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SHELBURNE FALLS TROLLEY MUSEUM INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Robert "Sam" Bartlett

BIO

Robert "Sam" Bartlett, President, is a life-long follower of the railroad industry and its history. He holds an Electrical Engineering degree and has teaching experience, as well as 9 years experience working for and with railroads of all sizes. He has been on the SFTM board since 1997, and is a long-time resident of the area.

Having overseen the transition from a restoration-based entity to an educational/operational/demonstrational based museum, with broad public appeal, Sam plans to make the museum more financially stable and to increase the resources and facilities available to the museum to continue preserve local railroad history.

Sam is the owner of Bartlett Technologies, serving the instrumentation and embedded systems industries.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

David Dye

No Affiliation

Term: Feb 2011 - Jan 2012

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