Spectacular Holiday Celebration at the AACA Museum, Inc. at Hershey
November 15, 2013 – January 5, 2014
We’re transforming the galleries of the AACA Museum, Inc. at Hershey into a spectacular winter wonderland featuring more than 25 Christmas trees adorned with themed and period decorations. Toy displays for big and small girls and boys will include a variety of pieces including exotic cars, fire truck, Hess Trucks, Antique Dolls, Pedal Cars and much more!
All Aboard as trains, trains and more trains will abound throughout all levels of the Museum! Our classic Roads to Rails model train display will again feature multiple trains, including Thomas the Tank Engine – a family favorite.
Sammy, the Snow Plow, will be back for the holidays this year! Sammy is our 1967 four wheel-drive Walter snowplow weighing in at more than 21 tons and 29 ½ ft. in length. Sammy loves the cold weather so you’ll find him outside on the Museum grounds.
New for this year, we’ll be featuring a vintage snowmobile display. The display will introduce one of our most recent donations – a 2003 Mini Cooper that was transformed into a snowmobile for the television show on Monster Garage along with many other vintage snowmobiles! We’re also looking forward to a display of custom created car models made out of Lego building blocks.
Good Day PA Segment
Car-Toon Truck & Art Display Area
See the 1928 Ford Roadster pick-up decorated with 30,000 cartoon characters, every comic book character from 1896 through the present day!
This special gallery will also include a variety of other art pieces that tell the story of “Saving our History with Art”. The artist, Robert Luczun has a resolve to recycle and save antique auto parts and other items of interest and paint them with a variety of historical themes for you to enjoy the journey. Many pieces will be on display with a variety of themes including: Money Car, Carousel, Concept Cars, Games, NASCAR, Star Wars and Super Heroes.
Lego Technic is a specialized line of Legos, which incorporates interconnecting pieces into the already adaptable Lego brick design. Lego builders can use these gears, motors, movable arms, wheels, pneumatics, and axels to design and build Lego objects that are truly eye-catching and mobile. These versatile components create a platform for endless creativity and enable any Lego builder to construct anything within their imagination and give you the power to make the model a functioning and interactive work of art. Our display cases will include a variety of custom created Lego Supercars. Like what you see? Many of these models are available for download and purchase on the creators website www.crowkillers.com.
Made in Pennsylvania! (Archibald, Pa.) This sled is not restored, but an original 1969 Ski Jet 292 single cylinder sach engine, 15 inch track. This is a pre-production sled with no serial or model numbers and a prototype design aluminum tunnel which was to weak and the design was changed!
A restored 1964 Ski Doo RD-64 dual track snow machine with a single ski and hope for brakes. There was a brake kit available. The “R” stands for rotax type engine which produced 10 hp. And the “D” identifies the dual track model. This machine was original sold to the Pa. Fish and game commission. The Ski Doo snowmobile was developed by J. Armand bombardier and the first production model was 1959. Mr. Bombardier was also involved with school bus service in Canada and used the yellow paint for the sleds and the red upholstery for the seat.
MINI Snowmobile “Monster Machine”
This MINI Snowmobile was designed and created in 2003 as part of the Discovery Channel’s “Monster Garage” television program. The show, hosted by custom motorcycle fabricator and owner of West Coast Choppers, Jesse James, features James and his assembly team attempting to modify an everyday production vehicle into a “monster machine” under strict rules that place restrictions on time, budget and parts. The show then concludes with a challenge related to the new monster machine. Upon completion, James took the MINI snowmobile to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to race NASCAR legend Richard Petty on a Polaris snowmobile. James and his team assembled the MINI Snowmobile out of a standard model MINI Cooper Hardtop during a one hour episode that originally aired on February 24, 2003.
Mr. Beep, the Talking Car
Mr. Beep was a project initiated by the BP Oil Company in the late 50s and early 60s. Mr. Beep the Talking Car was used to bring traffic safety lessons to school children and he was used during public occasions like the Canadian National Exhibition, fall fairs and other public gatherings. Lectures were broadcast via 3 speakers concealed in the car, voiced from a transmitter several hundred feet away. He also visited schools and made several televisions appearances. The car underneath Mr. Beep’s façade was a small 1959 Zephyr convertible made by British Ford. Learn more about Mr. Beep’s rebirth on the History Channel TV series Canadian Restorers which will air in the fall of 2013.
Trains, Trains & More Trains
All Aboard! New this year – our Roads to Rail trains display has added an old time carnival section complete with several amusement rides. Visitors can enjoy a variety of train displays located throughout the building. Our Roads to Rails display has multiple trains running in the town of Tuckerville along with many interactive elements and Thomas the Tank Engine, a family favorite! Other trains include a Hershey Trolley, Western theme train and Polar Express.
Here’s your chance to see a variety of great vehicles with a celebrity connection! Ernie’s GMC Taxi from “It’s a Wonderful Life”, Betty Davis’ 1942 Buick Roadmaster Woody wagon, Betty White’s Cadillac Seville, Whitney Houston’s Rolls-Royce Limousine, along with two 20s era cars used the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire”.
The Great Grinch Escape
Everyone is sure to enjoy “The Great Grinch Escape” scavenger hunt! A shipment of Grinch and Max toys and ornaments arrived at the Museum and “escaped” before we could catch them – how many can you find as you visit the Museum this holiday season? Pick up a flyer near the ticket counter and keep track as you visit with us!
Local School Holiday Tree Decorating Contest
Several local schools will each be decorating a tree with ornaments created in their school art program. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite tree. The three school trees that receive the most votes will be rewarded with a gift card for their school. Confirmed Schools include: East Hanover Elementary, Harrisburg Christian School, Harrisburg High School, Lower Dauphin – Nye Elementary, Nativity School of Harrisburg, St. Catherine Laboure School of Harrisburg, and Steelton-Highspire School.
The holiday cheer doesn’t stop there! The Museum is teaming up with Carry the Light Ministries of Mechanicsburg for the annual Food and Toy “Drive”. Help us help local families by “filling up the truck” located in our Lobby with donations of any non–perishable food items, toiletries and toys through December 23rd.
Don’t forget to visit our retail store for great holiday gifts. We have something for everyone so bring the whole family and get into the holiday spirit!
St. Catherine Laboure of Harrisburg
Northern Middle School
Lower Dauphin Nye Elementary
Harrisburg High School
Harrisburg Christian School
East Hanover Elementary
Covenant Christian Academy
Help us fill the truck of non-perishable food items, household items, cleaning supplies, personal care products and toys for those in need.