Letting Off Steam: The Stanley Legacy

From the 1890s through the 1920s, people experimented with a new engineering marvel: the automobile. While the skeptics waited for the fad to pass and the world to return to the civilized ways of the horse and carriage, others looked to a future of motorized travel. A few companies succeeded, and many failed. In 1897, twins Francis and Freelan Stanley of Kingfield, Maine, designed their first automobile, in many ways just to see if they could do it better. By 1902, the Stanley Motor Carriage Company was born. They did not design just any automobile, but one powered by steam, the most advanced and prevalent technology of the time. The Marshall Steam Museum is pleased to present the electronic version of Letting Off Steam: The Stanley Legacy, a new exhibition that explores the rise and fall of the Stanley Motor Carriage Company and the enduring legacy of that company on the Marshall family and Auburn Heights. Please join us at an upcoming event to view the exhibit in person. Learn more at www.auburnheights.org

We sincerely appreciate the support received from the following toward this exhibition and related educational programming:

Delaware Humanities Forum
Joseph Boxler Education Fund
Marshall-Reynolds Foundation
Mushroom Festival Grant Program
University of Delaware—Museum Studies
The Stanley Museum


Marshall Steam Museum, Stanley Museum Archives and the Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve