McMullen Presents History of Area Railroads
Hosted by The History Center on Main Street and The Friends of the Mansfield Free Public Library, Jim McMullen gave two standing-room-only presentations about the history of the Corning and Blossburg Railroad/Tioga Division of the Erie Railroad. Quickly realizing that the one advertised presentation was not going to be enough, Jim agreed to make a second presentation immediately following the first. Joyce Tice, Executive Director of The History Center shared that she was anticipating a large number in attendance by the response the Facebook post was receiving. The post was shared over 100 times to more than 10,000 people. People came to the presentation from as far away as Maryland. Approximately 65 people were at each presentation. “This has been the highest attendance of any event at the History Center to date” said Joyce.
The highlight of the event was the opportunity to tour the last remaining station of the original (1840) Corning and Blossburg Railroad line. Full of history, the station has seen the Wyoming Seminary football team when they came to Mansfield for the world’s first night football game under electric lights in 1892 and President William H. Taft in 1915. Joyce said that the tour was made possible by Gary Butters of Arnot Building Supply and Jim Nobles, President and CEO of North Penn Comprehensive Health Service and the Laurel Health Centers.
There is always something of interest on display at the Museum of Us at 61 North Main Street in Mansfield. It is open weekdays and Saturday until mid-afternoon. The History Center’s web-site is also full of information and interesting articles – joycetice.com. If you have a class reunion coming up, be sure to schedule a reception at the museum by calling 570-250-9829.
Idea/Concept: History Center on Main Street - Mansfield, PA
Writing: Deb Bastian
Photography: Joyce Tice
Produced by Vogt Media