The third seminar in the St. Marys Museum’s 2012-13 series will be held Thursday, Nov. 15 from 7-9 p.m. Highlighting the Museum’s 1902 Baker electric car and 1911 CCM motorcycle, the evening will explore the evolution of early transportation in St. Marys.
To begin, Museum Manager Trisha McKibbin will provide some background, drawing on photographs and other resources from the archives. Using additional information accumulated by local researcher Don Macintyre, she will explain how improved roads led to the development of the region as a whole — and ultimately to the possibility of new methods of transportation.
She will show some of the transportation-related artifacts from the collection, including an original sign for the tollgate that once was located near Rannoch. The wonderful penny-farthing (or high-wheeler) bicycle, placed in the Museum by the family of Clifton Brown, will be on display. Participants will be asked to imagine riding on hard tires over gravel and will understand why anot-her nickname was “Bone-shaker.”
When motorized vehicles were invented and available for sale, they became popular with progressively-minded local people who could afford them. McKibbin will answer the question: Who was the owner of the first automobile in St. Marys? (There are several claimants.)
In the second part of the presentation, volunteer Ken Telfer will lead participants on a tour of relevant artifacts in the collection. The 1911 CCM motorcycle will be examined and then the group will visit another Museum treasure — the 1902 Baker Electric car, once owned by George “Bunk” Snoddy, originally from St. Marys. The car has recently been inspected by a professional conservator.
Highlights of his report with recommendations for safe-guarding this wonderful artifact will be presented by both McKibbin and Telfer.
Space is limited for all Museum seminars and pre-registration is required. Call the Museum at 519-284-3556 or come in person to reserve a place during open hours: 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost of the seminar is $10 for Museum members and $12 for non-members.