November 9, 2009
America On Wheels Kicks Off First Annual Fund Drive
Contributions Support Museum's Educational, Preservation
Allentown, Pa - America On Wheels kicked off its second
Annual Fund Drive this week to raise money that will be
used to support ongoing education, preservation and presentation
programs that have quickly made this museum of over-the-road
transportation one of the most popular destinations in the
The goal of $100,000 will begin with an initial appeal
made to visitors, friends and supporters of the museum.
"We are asking everyone to band together to secure an ongoing
successful future for Lehigh Valley's first transportation
museum," said Executive Director Linda Merkel.
"The money raised through this campaign will enable us
to continue to expand our educational and curatorial opportunities
through the exploration of a wide variety of themes in automotive
travel, design, art, fashion, music and manufacturing,"
Merkel said. "We continue to work hard on educational programs
and our exhibits to showcase history."
America On Wheels is one of only a handful of institutions
nationwide that houses and displays rare and authentic vehicles
and artifacts depicting past, present and future transportation
technologies. The popularity of exhibits such as Muscle
Cars, Legends of Speed featuring Indianapolis 500 legend
Mario Andretti's cars, and The Bulgari Collection - Automobiles
of Excellence, has brought not only regional but a national
attention to this regional treasure.
"No gift is too small to support the museum in continuing
to prosper and maintain its world class collections and
to educate and enlighten thousands of visitors yearly,"
Merkel said. "A gift to America On Wheels is an investment
in the role the museum plays in the preservation and presentation
of the history of transportation in America."
Easily accessible to a half-dozen other renowned cultural
institutions in Allentown, AOW celebrates our nation's love
affair with motorized and non-motorized over-the-road transportation
and its permanent exhibits range from the Nadig - one of
America's first automobiles, produced in Allentown - to
the massive Mack Trucks that helped America become the most
powerful nation in the world.
AOW also offers hands-on playtime exhibits and learning
centers for the children and a souvenir shop for race fans
and anyone with an affinity for our automotive legacy.
For more information: Visit the museum's website at www.americaonwheels.org,
call the museum staff at 610-432-4200, or e-mail your questions
The museum will be showcasing a 2009 Train Time Charity
Holiday Exhibit from Nov. 27 through Dec. 27.
Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens;
$3.50 for children ages 6 to 16. Children 5 and under are
For More Information:
Linda Merkel - Executive Director
America On Wheels Museum
5 N. Front St. Allentown, PA