Trolley history lunch at the U Club

albany trolley map 1911Could be interesting: Albany city historian Tony Opalka will be at the University Club December 18 for a talk titled "Transit in the City of Albany: 1862-1946." The talk is part of a noon luncheon that day, tickets are $20 and open to the public (reservations are required).

Yep, a midday event on a Wednesday can be hard to make, but it caught our eye -- because trolleys. Blurbage:

Tony is well known for his popular and informative walking tours of Albany's historic neighborhoods. Currently, he is employed as a historic preservation program analyst for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. His presentation will feature slides with historic images of transit in Albany, as well as trolley and transit artifacts.
If you wish to start your holiday celebrating a bit early, try an Albany Street Car - the U. Club's spin on the classic Sidecar cocktail. It's made with Quackenbush Still House Original Albany Rum (from the Albany Distilling Company), Cointreau and sour mix - and guaranteed to ring your bell!

There Capital Region once had a robust system of inter and intra-city trolleys. (That image on the right is an old map of the trolley system around 1911.) So rich is the history is that it's almost like something from an alternate timeline.

The U Club luncheon is from noon-1 pm on December 18. Lunch starts at noon, talk starts at 12:30.

map from Trolley Trips Through New England 1915, via Fordham University Libraries Digital Collections

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The event is open to the public, sponsored by U Club Foundation. Call 518-463-1151 to RSVP.

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