AACA Museum Volunteer, Denny Schwenk, Nominated for Jefferson Award



Hershey, PA (August 21, 2015) – Denny Schwenk volunteers at the AACA Museum (AACA Museum) and has done so for the past 13 years, accumulating over six thousand hours of service. With a passion for British cars, he shares his knowledge and interests with thousands of visitors each year as a Museum docent. Denny also uses his mechanical skills acquired from over 46 years at Harrisburg based AMP Inc. to keep the Museum’s collection running smoothly. Denny is an ambassador for the Museum at local events that include The Elegance at Hershey, car shows with Carlisle Events, and other venues always promoting and raising funds for the Museum. We are honored to have Denny as one of our Volunteers.

To serve as a docent at the AACA Museum it takes a special person who can educate through engaging the visitor in a way that generates a connection for them. From our oldest to our youngest visitor, from a car hobbyist to a general tourist, Denny has always been able to start friendly conversations with visitors and show them how each period of automotive history has its own story. These stories touch each and every one of us and connect us to our past.

With over 160 cars in the collection, there is a lot of cleaning, polishing, and repairing, to get done each and every day. Denny has a “let’s get it done” attitude when working with the Museum’s collection. Rolling up his sleeves and getting in the grease is not a problem for him and the cars are not just a hobby but a link to his own past experiences. Denny is deeply committed to keeping this part of American history alive through sharing his lifelong knowledge and engaging others.

To perform this type of volunteer work, and to be an educator, it is important to stay connected to the hobby. Denny does this by being an active member of the Antique Automobile Club of America, the Susquehanna Valley Vintage Sports Car Club, and the AACA Library. He takes his role here at the Museum very seriously and continues to provide value by expressing his ideas to the Museum’s management so that all of us can grow through all of our docent’s different perspectives. This type of volunteer engagement goes a long way when the Museum is trying to stay relevant and exciting.

Denny is a very valuable asset to the Museum. He helps and represents us in so many different ways. Our visitors benefit from his knowledge and experiences and leave with a better understanding of automotive history. The Museum and our community have been truly blessed to have Denny as part of our team.

About the AACA Museum:

The Antique Auto Museum at Hershey, a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum, displays beautifully restored and original 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 one of the nation’s largest automotive museums.  Special exhibits change several times a year and focus on a variety of eras and types of vehicles.  The Museum is located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  Regular admission $12, seniors age 61 and older $11, juniors age 4-12 $9, children age 3 and under along with AACA members are FREE.  The Museum is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.   The first Thursday of each month from February-November the Museum is open late until 9:00 PM with a special evening program.  For further information, please call 717-566-7100 or visit www.AACAMuseum.org.