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Nancy Bartlett is the HTA Goalie of the Year!

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Last night in Key West Bobby Bernreuter, National Sales Manager for Historic Tours of America, presented to Nancy Bartlett, Head Sales Representative of Old Town Trolley Tours of Key West the HTA Goalie of the Year Award.   Nancy was commended for her leadership abilities which inspired the Trolley Sales Team to achieve 122% of their annual sales goals.

Our HTA top sales reps for busting goals are Washington DC’s Tom Austin who achieved a whopping 187% of his annual goal, followed by Matt Tielkemeier of OTT Key West at 149%, and Teresa Hanke of the Conch Tour Train at 133%. The following are the top reps from the remaining operations: Calvin Thomas at 131%, Savannah tours; Barbie Harrell at 126%, San Diego tours; John King at 115%, Boston tours; and Kathleen Helland at 110%, St. Augustine tours.

HTA President Ed Swift, Nancy Bartlett, CEO Chris Belland and Bob Bernreuter

Happy Mother’s Day from Old Town Trolley Tours

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Here at Old Town Trolley Tours we have some special surprises for all of the Mom’s touring with us on Mother’s Day, May 9. But first, a little history…

The first Mother’s Day Proclamation was made by Julia Ward How in 1870. It most likely was a reaction horrendous losses suffered in the American Civil War and the Franco Prussian War in Europe and tied into her very strong pacifist beliefs. Many attempts were made to establish a Mother’s Day, but it wasn’t until 1908 that Anna Jarvis of West Virginia did so to honor one’s mother, which had been a dream of her own mother. After much lobbying to President Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday in 1914. Today, Mother’s Day is celebrated all over the world at different times of the year, but 77 countries, including the US and Canada, celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May.

So in honor of Mother’s Day 2010, Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington, Boston and St. Augustine will be presenting mother who ride the tour with carnations. In Key West all moms will get a free ice cream cone from Mattheessens Ice Cream Parlor. On Savannah tours, moms will get a delicious ice cream cone from Leopold’s and in San Diego, from Cold Stone Creamery. So from all of us at Old Town Trolley Tours, Happy Mother’s Day!

Celebrating Black History Month – Dr. George Franklin Grant

Friday, February 19th, 2010

While not a native of Boston, Dr. George Franklin spent most of his adult life there. He was born in 1846 in Oswego, NY and at the age of 22 entered the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, graduating in just two years. A year later, Dr. Grant became the first African American falculty member of America’s most prestigious university. While at Harvard Dr. Grant invented the oblate palate, a prosthetic used for the treatment of cleft palate and something he is probably even more famous for, the invention of the wooden golf tee.

Dr. Grant was elected president of the Harvard Alumni Association in 1881. He died of liver disease at his vacation home in New Hampshire in 1910.