Hershey, PA (July 27, 2017) The 1962 Stageway Chevrolet Station Wagon Coach began its second life when it was purchased by three Milton Hershey School Alumni: Jim Hanawalt, John Hanawalt and Rosario (Roy) Sollazzi and donated to the AACA Museum, Inc. in 2015.
In the 1960s, Milton Hershey School (MHS) purchased a number of Stageway modified Chevrolet Station Wagons to transport the students to and from school and a variety of school related activities and field trips.
This specific wagon was originally used at MHS student home “Lincoln” then later transitioned to student home “Fairway” sometime in the late 60s or early 70s. For almost three decades these wagons played a highly visible and important role in the lives of those who attended and graduated from the school.
When the MHS Wagon was donated to the museum, a fund was created for its eventual restoration. Recently, an anonymous $25,000 matching funds donation was made that allows the restoration of the MHS Wagon to begin.
The MHS Wagon will be leaving the AACA Museum, Inc. for restoration in the Fall of 2017. The AACA Museum, Inc. will work with the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA to complete this restoration as a student project.
Thank you to all those generous donors who have made the restoration possible. To fully complete the restoration of the Wagon, additional donations are required. For more information on this vehicle’s story and to donate, please visit https://www.aacamuseum.org/get-involved/detailedwagonrestoration/
Current featured exhibits at the museum are Garage Finds: Unrestored Treasurers that Survived Time showcases cars, trucks and motorcycles that have been preserved through time – it’s only original once! Detroit Underdogs is a collaboration with Hemmings Classic Car columnist Milton Stern, shining a spotlight on cars that are under-appreciated and great entries into the automobile collector hobby as we bring this column to life. Our third summer exhibit is a tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Camaros and Firebirds. Also, enjoy a new fun family interactive exhibit – the Model T Assembly Line Experience!
ABOUT MILTON HERSHEY SCHOOL:
Milton Hershey School® is one of the world’s best private schools, offering a top-notch education and positive home life to children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade from families of lower income at no charge. Learn more at www.mhskids.org.
About the AACA Museum:
The AACA Museum Inc., 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 AACA Museum, Inc. is home to the Cammack Tucker Collection; the World’s largest and most prestigious permanent collection of Tucker Automobiles and related artifacts. The Museum is in South Hanover Township, located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Regular admission $12, seniors age 61 and older $11, juniors age 4-12 $9, children age 3 and under, AACA Museum, Inc. Members and AACA Members are FREE. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For further information, please call 717-566-7100 or visit www.AACAMuseum.org.
Note: Special thanks to Milton Hershey School for providing resources.