Docent Dean Kyler
|"Long before my association with The William E. Swigart Automobile Museum, my wife and I were
staying at a hotel in Winchester, VA. At the hotel, an antique car convention was being held. We met a gentleman who owned a Ford Model T. He showed us how the
car operated and how the transmission worked. At that moment, I was hooked and have had an interest in the automobile ever since that one chance encounter."|
* Dean *
Docent H. Duane Dubbs
We at the Swigart Museum are sad to announce the death of our long time friend and docent Duane Dubbs. He loved his "Ladies", (the cars at the museum). Every morning he worked, he would go to the back of the museum and say "Good Morning Ladies!". He enjoyed taking this 1939 Buick to shows and parades in the area. He will be forever in our hearts and missed dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Duane's thoughts about being a Docent at the Swigart Museum...
"Since I was a youngster, I have had a passion and appreciation for cars. That appreciation isn't just for one model, it is for cars in general. Working at the museum, as a docent, and getting the opportunity to explain the differences between the cars of yesterday and the cars of today, is exciting. Cars have changed so much over the years, however the basics are the same on all of them, just the stories are different. I will admit Preston Tucker is my favorite manufacturer, and if I was to choose a car to drive it would have to be a Model "A". It is the only car, I am aware of, that you can get any part overnighted to wherever you are. So, a vacation in a Model "A" is possible.
I also enjoy all the unique customers touring the museum, most everyone has a story they want to share. They pass through our doors and become ageless, and if they don't know us when they come in they certainly do before they leave. People come here from all over the world, and they share the passion that I have, so language becomes universal, all over the love of cars."
I have a couple of people to thank for inspiring my interest in the American automobile, my father and my brother-in-law.
My father unleashed my interest in cars, when he purchased a 1936 Buick to restore. The restoration started in the backyard; unfortunately, that is where it ended. After several years, the car looked quite abandoned. There was a tree growing beside it and the grass had grown higher than the bumpers. One day, there was a knock on the door. The borough inspectors were requesting the junked car be removed from our backyard. My mother looked at them and asked, “What junk car? That’s a planter!” The borough did finally win, and the car was towed.
My other inspiration, my brother-in-law, had several cars, that he maintained. I would travel with he and my sister to car shows and swap meets. He would tell me about the cars and how the different parts of a car worked. I would listen to he and his friends tell stories about their cars.
Both my father and my brother-in-law helped to shape my love and knowledge of the cars I get to see and talk about everyday. I listen to and share stories with our guests about the cars that molded our lives.
So, please come to The Swigart Museum and share your stories with me. I am looking forward to hearing them. I hope to see you soon.
* Kim *
Docent Betty Boozel
|"I had a great childhood. I was raised in a small town in central Pennsylvania. My family would ride around in our big old Ford. My mother drove and my uncle and I would ride together in the back seat. As we rode around, from stop to stop, store to store, Uncle would constantly ask me the make, model, and year of all the cars we would see. It was a game that he used to keep me entertained and quiet while mother ran her errands. That was the beginning of my love and understanding of the American car. So, when I look at the cars in our museum and speak with our customers, I reminisce about the great rides and the games I played with my uncle. I really miss those days, they are gone but not forgotten.|
When I speak with our customers, I enjoy hearing how they learned to love the cars in their lives. It amazes me how many of the memories in our lives are based around our cars or our friend's cars. The things we do in cars are so varied, but yet the same from person to person. Picnics, vacations, shopping, and yes, the beginnings of a family, make the American automobile a treasure to remember."
* Betty *
William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum12031 William Penn Highway (Physical)
PO Box 214 (Mailing)
Huntingdon, PA 16652
814.643.0885 - Telephone
814.643.2857 - Fax
Visiting Hours:The Museum is open daily, Memorial Day weekend through October 31.
Monday: 10:00a until 5:00p
Tuesday: 10:00a until 5:00p
Wednesday: 10:00a until 5:00p
Thursday: 10:00a until 5:00p
Friday: 10:00a until 6:00p
Saturday: 10:00a until 5:00p
* Hours Subject To Change
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