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Take a Trolley Ride down Market Street in San Francisco
This seven minute video was taken from the front of a streetcar traveling down Market Street in San Francisco, California in 1905. It's interesting to see the mix of pedestrians, horse-drawn carriages, cable cars, trolleys, and automobiles along this busy thoroughfare. Market Street changed dramatically following the earthquake in 1906 as seen in the later portion of the second video provided below.
Scenes around Portland
Glimpses of horse-drawn fire apparatus, a steam powered fire truck called a "Self Propeller", electric streetcars, and automobiles in Portland, Maine in 1912.
Trolley Excursion in the Lewiston-Auburn area
The Portland Division of the Electric Railroaders Association takes a trolley excursion in the Lewiston-Auburn area in about 1935. Groups like this all over the country were doing "fan trips" as the end of trolley service was in sight in many areas.
Removal of Streetcar Tracks in Portland
The Portland Railroad Company started to make the transition from running electric streetcars to utilizing buses in the 1930s. In 1940, the trolley route that ran down Congress Street was discontinued and the following year the City of Portland approved removal of the tracks. This film captures construction crews performing work along Congress Street.
Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice
This is a trailer for the award-winning book featuring Phillip Hoose and Claudette Colvin. On March 2, 1955, Claudette Colvin refused to surrender her seat on the bus in Montgomery, but she was shunned, not celebrated, by the community. Months later Rosa Parks made the same bold statement which lead to the desegregation of the Montgomery buses a year later.
Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks
This innovative and authoritative history of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott infuses the familiar story of the boycott with first person accounts, stirring dramatizations and narration by young people. This teaching kit includes the video and classroom activities.
Seashore Trolley Museum
This student-produced video gives an overview of the Seashore Trolley Museum. Students made this video to submit into the Kennebunk Savings "Make Your Case" video contest.
A Seat for Everyone: Mobile Bus Exhibit
A short, narrated slide show on Seashore Trolley Museum's mobile bus exhibit featuring the history of Civil Rights and transportation.
Freedom’s Main Line
Teach about the 19th-century African Americans in Kentucky who used civil disobedience to protest segregation on public transportation nearly a century prior to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights
Bus Boycott: Historical Documents Highlight Integration Milestone