Opening Night Party – May 17th
5:30 – 9:00 PM
Join us for a spectacular night as we open our new exhibits!
We’ll feature a lively discussion on the history of Studebaker followed by a question and answer session and book signing with Studebaker authors and experts Andrew Beckman, Archivist for the Studebaker Museum, prolific author Patrick Foster, and Hawk expert and author, Mark James. Moderating the program will be writer and automotive historian Bill Rothermel. If you enjoyed our recent Mustang exhibit opener and Tucker Talks, you won’t want to miss this fun and informative evening
Be one of the first to see Studebaker Cool: 114 Years of Innovation; Harley-Davidson: History, Mythology, and Perceptions of America’s Motorcycle; Raymond Loewy Retrospective in the Members 1st gallery and a display of vehicles in the Williams-Clyne Gallery curated by the Pontiac-Oakland International Keystone State Chapter.
5:30 – 6:45 Enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and cocktails (cash bar) and enjoy the many vehicles on display through the Museum
7:00 – 7:30 Welcome & Overview of the new exhibits
7:30 – 8:30 Program including famed Studebaker authors: Andrew Beckman; Patrick Foster & Mark L. James, moderated by automotive writer and historian Bill Rothermel.
Books will be available for purchase that evening, and the authors will graciously stay for a book signing following the program.
Advance registration is required to attend this program.
Vehicle Owners & Museum Members will receive complimentary admission to attend this event.
Non-Members and other guests are welcome to attend at the cost of $15.00 per person.
Advance registration is required by May 10, 2019.
We look forward to having you spend the evening with us!Register To Attend!
Thank you to our Gold Exhibit Sponsors:
Bill Rothermel – As an automotive historian and freelance writer, Bill’s work is regularly featured in Automobile Quarterly, Sports Car Market, Old Cars Weekly, along with a recurring column in Hemmings Muscle Cars. He serves as a catalog writer for RM Sotheby’s Auctions as well as a writer for their in-house magazine Shift. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of the AACA Museum, Inc. and The Elegance at Hershey. Bill provides the color commentary as Master of Ceremonies at the Boca Raton Concours of Elegance, The Elegance at Hershey, the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance, the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance, Concours of America at St. Johns, the Hemmings Concours, and for 2019, Eurofest and the Las Vegas Concours. He serves as a class judge at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Greenbrier Concours, Greenwich Concours d’Elegance and Classic Sports Sunday
Andrew Beckman has been with the Studebaker National Museum since 1999 and currently serves as Archivist. He previously worked at the Sheboygan County Historical Society in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and the Wade House State Historic Site in Greenbush, Wisconsin. Mr. Beckman hails from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and holds a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay. In 2004, he completed the Modern Archives Institute at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. In 2009, he earned his mid-level certificate in Collections Preservation from the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies in Mount Carroll, Illinois. Mr. Beckman is the author of “The Studebaker National Museum: Over a Century on Wheels,” and “Studebaker’s Last Dance: The Avanti,” and is a columnist for the Studebaker Drivers Club magazine, Turning Wheels.
In addition to his duties at the Studebaker National Museum, Mr. Beckman serves as Past President of the Society of Automotive Historians and is a commentator for The Henry Ford Museum’s Motor Muster. Mr. Beckman grew up in a family of Studebaker owners, and currently owns a 1941 Studebaker President Skyway Cruising Sedan and a 1964 Studebaker Daytona Hardtop.
One of America’s best-known automotive journalists is Patrick Foster, a dedicated historian/author who has been writing for more than twenty-five years. Foster is a feature writer and has regular columns in Hemmings Classic Car and Old Cars magazines and is a feature writer for Collectible Automobile and Vintage Truck magazines as well. He has written 28 books and contributed material to several others.
Foster has won numerous writing awards including the AACA’s prestigious Thomas McKean Memorial Cup Award for the best book of automotive history for 1998. In 1997 one of his works was named Outstanding Periodical Article for the year by the Society of Automotive Historians. In 2011 Foster was honored with the Lee Iacocca Award, one of the most coveted awards in the car hobby, for excellence in automotive writing. The 2015 International Automotive Media Council (IAMC) Awards saw him bring home a Silver Medal for an article on the 1930-1934 Nash automobiles, and a Bronze Medal for his book “Jeep- The History of America’s Greatest Vehicle.” In 2016 Foster took home two awards from the IAMC event when “International Harvester Trucks- The Complete History” won a Silver medal and an article on George Romney was award a Bronze. The year 2017 brought more awards; Foster was awarded the trophy for Best Book of Automotive History for the year, for his “Airstream-America’s World Traveler.” That book was also awarded a Gold Medal in its category. His book “Willys-Overland Illustrated History” also took home a Gold Medal.
He recently debuted two new books: “1001 Facts About Jeep” and “Lost Car Legends: America’s Independent Car Companies 1945-1985.”
Born in Burlington, Vermont, Foster resides in Milford, Connecticut.
Mark L. James is an avid collector, exhibitor, and driver of postwar Studebaker hardtop coupes. He is a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), the Studebaker Drivers Club and the Society of Automotive Historians. Mark is an AACA Senior Master Judge. He also likes having his own cars judged, and his Golden Hawks have won four AACA National Awards among many other AACA Awards. His Golden Hawks have also been judged at Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance (Outstanding Postwar Automobile), Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance (Most Elegant Postwar Automobile), Concours d’Elegance at Copshaholm (Most Outstanding Studebaker), Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance (Overall Best of Show), and Hemmings Motor News Concours d’Elegance (Best of Show Finalist). In addition, they have won twenty Best in Class awards.
Mark is the author of two books “Studebaker’s Hidden Treasure” and “Studebaker’s 1962-64 Gran Turismo – The Final Flight of the Hawk.” Mark’s articles on Golden Hawks have also been published in a variety of publications including Antique Automobile (official publication of the Antique Automobile Club of America) and the Event Magazine for the 2016 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance among others. Mark is an attorney in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he has practiced tax and estate law for over 25 years.