Monday, August 24, 2015

ELHS 2015 Annual Symposium

Received the following via email. 

ELHS 2015 Annual Symposium

Riverside Inn
Cambridge Springs, PA
September 18-20, 2015

Scheduled Presenters/Presentations
  • Pete Gifford, Systems Manager at Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, and co-author of European Capital, British Iron, and an American Dream (the story of the Atlantic & Great Western Railroad).  Pete will be discussing the history of the A&GW in northwest Pennsylvania.
  • Dale Docter, President of the Cambridge Springs Historical Society.  Dale will be discussing the relationship of the hotels of Cambridge Springs and tourism, with the Erie Railroad connection in the early years of the last century.
  • Sandy Porter, local historian and active board member of several local historical societies in the area.  Sandy will be discussing the history of the Keystone Ordnance Works, located in southern Crawford County and served by the Erie Railroad.  
  • William Burt, Transportation Consultant and Historian, will be discussing the beginnings of the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad.
  • Dennis Mead,  Vice President of the French Creek Valley Railroad Historical Society.  He will discuss the history of Stony Point, PA and its relationship to the railroad.
  • Steve Timko, rail book author, will discuss the Oil City Branch of the Erie/EL Railroad.

Friday, Sept. 18
  • Registration begins at 12:00 p.m.
  • Slide show - 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the Ballroom
  • Vendor tables will be available in the Breezeway
  • Cash bar available in the Breezeway
Saturday Sept. 19
  • Buffet breakfast for those registered at the Inn overnight in Dining Room at 7:00 a.m (non-guests need to purchase at $8.95)
  • Opening remarks - Ballroom - 9:45 a.m.
  • Seminars begin: Each session lasts 45 minutes, plus a 15 minute question/answer session - First session begins at 10:00 a.m.
  • Second session begins - 11:00 a.m.
  • Lunch - 12:00 p.m.
  • Seminars resume at 1:00 p.m., and will end at 5:00 PM. There will be a beverage break at 2:00 p.m.
  • Dinner will be served in the Ballroom at 6:00 p.m., followed by the guest speaker
Sunday Sept. 20
Guests are invited to visit the following railroad historical sites 
  • French Creek Valley Railroad Historical Society's display at Pomona Park in Meadville, PA
  • Greenville Railroad Park and Museum, Greenville, PA
  • Lake Shore Railway Museum in North in North East, PA
  • Cambridge Springs trolley station 

Online registration is available on the ELHS website.
The Symposium base is The Inn at Cambridge Springs, 1 Fountain Avenue, Cambridge Springs, PA 16403
Reservations can be made via phone at 814-398-4645 OR 855-277-5153.

Other hotels are found in nearby Erie and Meadville.