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Fireworks, First Thursday and the Future Celebrating July 4th

We’re kicking off our Independence Day celebration early here at the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum with some special hours and programs. Join us for our Late Night First Thursday program on July 2nd at 7:00 PM featuring brass cars and crank starters. This 30 – 45 minute program will be presented by Jim Costa and will include a Model T Ford and other vehicles that use crank starters. Did you know that a Model T has 3 pedals? Do you know why? Attendees can learn more about brass cars, how to crank an engine and more. The Museum is open the first Thursday of every month from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. On July 4th enjoy a clear view of the HERSHEYPARK® fireworks from the grounds of the AACA Museum. We will be open late from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Tour the Museum during this time for just $7.00 per person! Red, white and blue is not in short supply at the Museum. It can be found in the “Motorbikes for the Masses”, “A Family Affair: Station Wagons” and “Automotive Jewelry” which are our current special summer exhibits. What is a more patriotic way to spend Independence Day than in the company of some good, old fashioned American automobiles and scooters? Don’t forget your blankets and chairs to enjoy tailgating on the grass while you await the HERSHEYPARK® fireworks (fireworks are weather permitting). There will be an ice cream and beverage vendor available with snacks, or bring your own. No alcoholic beverages will be permitted. The AACA Museum is perched up on the hill overlooking the town of Hershey, which makes this the perfect place to stay and watch the fireworks show scheduled for @ 10:15 PM! Did you know that on July 4 the weekend 30 years ago the iconic movie “Back to the Future” was released? In the movie Doc Brown and Marty McFly traveled to the seemly distant year of 2015. In the present 2015, we have on display a “Back to the Future” tribute car – an original DeLorean that has been hand crafted to look like the original movie car along with some other interesting artifacts for you to enjoy. Cruise into the AACA Museum for some fun this July 4th weekend as part of your holiday celebration. About the AACA Museum The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses and motorcycles in unique life-like scenes representing the 1890s – 1980s in a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. This Museum, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is known to be one of the largest automotive museums. Special exhibits change several times a year and focus on a variety of eras and types of vehicles. The Museum is in South Hanover Township, located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark...

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Back to the Future Tribute Car on Display at the AACA Museum

The Future is now at the AACA Museum June 20th – October 30, 2015 (Exhibit Extended from 8/30!) (Car will be off view September 12 & 13 to attend an off-site event) (May 26, 2015) Hershey, PA. The AACA Museum is turning back the hands of time this summer. Along with our A Family Affair: Station Wagons exhibit, we thought it would fun to honor the 30th Anniversary of the “Back to the Future” movies. The year 2015 was the year they traveled to in the original “Back to the Future” movie at the end of Part 1 and again in Part 2. We will feature a “Back to the Future” tribute car – an original DeLorean that has been hand crafted to look like the original movie car. There will also be concept prints to show the progression of this tribute car to the finished product. In the 1985 blockbuster film Back to the Future, the story revolved around a time machine that Doc Brown (played by Christopher Lloyd) built out of a Delorean automobile. Teenager Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) accidentally got sent back to the 1950s and caused all sorts of havoc including accidentally preventing his parents first meeting. Having to unite his parents and get “back to the future”, the film’s comedy, adventure and science fiction reached a cord with the film going public The film spawned two sequels, a Saturday morning cartoon show, 3 theme park rides, and numerous commercial tie ins. The DeLorean vehicle itself became a character of the film series. At the end of the first movie the car became a flying car in the then future year of “2015”. In the second movie released in 1989 the car flew around with many other flying cars in 2015. In the third and final installment of the film trilogy the car was modified with 1950s white wall tires and a “time circuit” hood box. In 1885 the DeLorean no longer ran as there was no gasoline, so the time machine was modified with train wheels and pushed with a steam locomotive. This tribute car was built out of an original 1982 DeLorean street vehicle (the ones used in the movie were the 1981 model which had a few minor cosmetic differences). After an auto accident in 2007, the car was repaired and then converted into a replica of the time machine as seen in the film series. Everything was done by hand to replicate the props as seen in the movie. Some items on the car are resin castings off of original props used on the film series cars. Many items are the same surplus items the film makers used to put the car together. The conversion process took about 4 years to complete. In addition to the tribute car, the display will include several original pieces of time machines...

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A Family Affair: Station Wagons Exhibit Inspires Summer Road Trips to the AACA Museum

Hershey, PA (April 30, 2015) – This summer get ready for a road trip to the AACA Museum as we feature a fabulous collection of these family friendly vehicles – A Family Affair: Station Wagons from May 23 – October 11, 2015. Remember the Wagon Queen Family Truckster from National Lampoon’s Vacation? How about Carol Brady’s Plymouth Satellite wagon from The Brady Bunch? Do you have fond memories as a kid of riding in the back of the Vista Cruiser with a picnic cooler on the “way back” to a family outing? If you do, you’re not alone. We at the AACA Museum do, and are celebrating those days before minivans, SUVs and soccer moms, before GPS units replaced paper road maps and in-car entertainment systems replaced ‘spot the license plate’ games and such. Call them station wagons, suburbans, depot hacks, or shooting breaks, the origin of these utility vehicles proved popular in the teens and twenties, but became prevalent in the Post War periods of the 1950s and 60s. As the American norm became a two-car family, the station wagon was the workhorse, taking the kids to school and summer camp, hauling the dog to the vet and transporting groceries. Debuting May 23rd, “A Family Affair: Station Wagons” will showcase both familiar and lesser known examples of station wagons and the impact they had on family life. We would also like to thank our supporting sponsor for this exhibit b magazine. Speaking of family life, a rather unique wagon was recently donated to the AACA Museum, a 1962 Stageway Chevrolet Station Wagon Coach, which began its life in Hershey in the early 1960’s a vehicle to transport Milton Hershey School Students. Station wagons were chosen by Milton Hershey School in an effort to provide a more family like home life. For those unfamiliar with the story, Milton Hershey School was founded by entrepreneur businessman and philanthropist Milton S. Hershey and his wife Catherine to provide a home and education for orphan boys. Today, Milton Hershey School is a home and school for 2,000 students from families from lower income, both girls and boys. True to the ideals of its mission since 1909, Milton Hershey School exists to nurture and education children in social and financial need enabling them to lead fulfilling and productive lives. In the 1960s Milton Hershey School purchased a number of Stageway modified Station Wagons. These rather unusual vehicles could be seen driving around the town of Hershey beginning in the early 1960s with this model, then with heavier Pontiac Catalina wagons purchased in 1968. This wagon will require extensive restoration to return it to its original condition and burgundy color. The AACA Museum will work with the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA to complete this restoration as a student project. To raise funds for the restoration the Museum has set up a...

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Automotive Jewelry Fine Art Photography by Michael Furman

Hershey, PA (April 24, 2015) – The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum is excited to debut a new art exhibit featuring the fine art photography of esteemed automotive photographer Michael Furman opening May 23rd and running through September 19, 2015.   Come enjoy a spectacular photography exhibit with images from Michael’s recent book Automotive Jewelry, Volume One: Mascots, Badges. The AACA Museum will have a collection of images from the book on display, including several that showcase mascots from the AACA Museum’s own collection that is on permanent display on the 2nd level of the Museum. Since Michael Furman photographed his first car in the studio, he became fascinated by the mascots and badges that have identified them. They appear as small sculptures or designs in themselves, and became the subject of Michael’s recent book, Automotive Jewelry, Volume One; Mascots, Badges. A book like this had not been undertaken before – a visual reference of the great automotive “identifiers” since the late 1800s – unencumbered by the distractions of color, reflections and shapes that normally limit their presentation. Mascots and badges vary greatly and have matured over the years, reflective of design trends, safety regulations and material availability. The importance of the mascots – how they began as early branding forms and then became integrated into the overall design and presence of the car is explored in Furman’s text. As a young boy, Michael Furman first picked up a camera to photograph a 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe.  Thus began a life-long love affair with cars and cameras. Michael studied photography at the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology, earning a Fine Arts degree in 1974. Upon graduation, he opened his studio in his native Philadelphia, and built a successful business shooting still life assignments for major advertising and corporate clients.  It was a long-standing love of cars that led him to the challenge of shooting cars in the studio. While shooting new cars for the major manufacturers, Michael was also asked to shoot a number of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. He instantly became enamored with these elegant forms; this new path leading to his position as the most sought-after photographer of significant automobiles in the world.  Major projects have included titles for The Mullin Automotive Museum, The Simeone Museum, The Curves of Steel exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum, and the catalog for the Ralph Lauren exhibitions in Boston and Paris. Learn more and see Michael’s work at http://www.michaelfurman.com/ Other special exhibits on view at the AACA Museum this summer include “A Family Affair:  Station Wagons” featuring a wide variety of these favorite road trip and tailgate vehicles that are such a part of the fabric of America – Station wagons.  “Motorbikes for the Masses” showcases dozens of motorbikes, scooters, and mopeds from both the United States and around the World.   Both of these featured exhibits run through...

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AACA Museum Wins Seven National Awards

Hershey, PA (March 30, 2015) – The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum was awarded seven NAAMY Awards during the National Association of Automobile Museums (NAAM) Conference held March 17-20, 2015 at the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio. The National Association of Automobile Museums is a professional center of excellence for automobile museums and affiliated organizations that supports, educates and encourages members to operate according to professional standards of the museum industry. More than 100 automotive and transportation museums are members of NAAM representing thirty-seven different states, including 11 other museums within Pennsylvania.   The annual NAAMY awards competition honors the work of nonprofit automotive transportation museums. The awards recognize industry leaders for achievement, professionalism and creativity. They are designed to further promote professionalism in automotive museum managerial, curatorial, educational and promotional work. Entries were judged at Kent State University, Trumbull Campus, Warren, Ohio, by professors with expertise in each field of competition. Awards are given based upon two divisions – Division I is for Museums with budgets of less than $300,000 and Division II is for Museums with budgets greater than $300,000. The AACA Museum is honored to receive awards in the following categories: First Place – Division II Events and Public Promotions related to “An Evening with the Tuckers” event that was held in April to commemorate the Tucker automobile and the family. First Place – Division II Interpretive Exhibits related to the “Cammack Tucker Exhibit” that features a collection of Tucker vehicles donated to the Museum by David Cammack. Second Place – Division II Events and Public Promotions related to the “Sirens of Chrome” event. Second Place – Division II Collateral Materials related to the 2014 Wedding Show Mailer. Second Place – Division II Collateral Materials related to our “Motoring Mysteries of the Far East” Exhibit. Third Place – Division II Events and Public Promotions related to the Night at the Museum event held in October, celebrating the grand opening on the Cammack Tucker Gallery. Third Place – Division II Collateral Materials related to the AACA Museum Rackcard used to promote the Museum for its events and exhibits alike. This is a constantly updated publication to reflect the current exhibits and events at the AACA Museum.   The AACA Museum is honored to win these prestigious awards as they represent a commitment to excellence and set the standards within our field. Our commitment to excellence and a diverse palette of changing exhibits and innovative events enables us to provide a World-Class automotive experience to our visitors. About the AACA Museum The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses and motorcycles in unique life-like scenes representing the 1890s – 1980s in a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. This Museum, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is known to be one of the largest automotive museums. Special...

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