Participating in historic, tourist, and economic development activities in cooperation with the Conference and Visitors Bureau, the Maryland Association of History Museums, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and the Heritage Tourism Alliance, the Museum presents the historical and cultural impact of electric street and interurban railways on community development across central Maryland. Through the permanent exhibit "Street Car Communities," visitors learn the history of rail transit in the National Capital region and examine the influence of this early form of public transportation on the growth and development of communities within the region. They discover the interurban operations of the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Electric Railroad which determined the locations of Fort George G. Meade and of Bowie Race Track while connecting Chesapeake Bay ferries and the Naval Academy in the State's Capital to Maryland's largest city and the Nation's Capital. Visitors may hear Carroll James' 1954 radio broadcast celebrating the last trolley to Thurmont on the Hagerstown and Frederick Railway as they follow maps, photographs, and documents about tourism and community development in Frederick and Washington counties. Focusing on Glen Echo Amusement Park, visitors learn how trolley companies developed recreational facilities to stimulate ridership and development of the adjacent property. Aboard a Museum street car, they experience the nature of suburban rail transit in the trolley era (1890s 1962). The motion, sights, and sounds separate the electric rail vehicle from contemporary rubber-tired, internal combustion vehicles and establish the atmosphere of an earlier era.