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The Allentown AARP Chapter #5415 would like to thank Jeff Tintle of Lifestyles
Over 50 Magazine for his invitation to the Reader Appreciation Event at America
On Wheels Museum held on May 28th.
Many of our members took advantage of the invitation and were there to tour the
Museum. I was personally impressed with the Woodies and also happy the Cafe
was open, where I enjoyed a hot dog and root beer float, my favorite from the 50's.
I am sure that when some of our members saw this exhibit for the first time, they will
be repeaters and I do hear from some that when they get out of town guests, this
is one of the places that they will take their guests. Perhaps the rain cut down the
attendance to this invite, but those that did come out were pleasantly entertained.
America on Wheels has a variety of cars, trucks, bikes, motorcycles, and pedal cars. They are attractively displayed against large murals with posters, mannequins, tools, and even a statue adding to the display. The signage was informative. There were interactive displays with a Mack truck to "drive", wood blocks with questions to answer, and headphone wands. I particularly enjoyed the restoration area, the street scene with the garage, and the Mack truck display. We tried out the "Hub Cap Café" with its restored soda fountain. Everything was neat and clean and the cars had been dusted. What made it particularly special were the volunteers. We were lucky enough to have a volunteer move from area to area with us and my Dad particularly enjoyed talking with him and sharing their love of cars and car museums.
February 24, 2013
America on Wheels is an exceptionally teacher friendly field trip experience. The lesson plans are streamlined and written to PA standards. The presenters are knowledgeable and student friendly. The atmosphere is nostalgic. It is an Allentown jewel. I highly recommend America on Wheels as an educational destination for every child and child at heart.
Annamae J. Hein Ed.D.
August 23, 2012
Linda - What a great tour. Walt Weaver did a
really nice job. The students were really excited. Taking
pictures, playing the juke box, loved it. We are really
giving them a flavor of Allentown and the Lehigh Valley.
These are students who, other than visiting Muhlenberg,
have never been to Allentown. And they are loving it.
THANKS for your tremendous efforts,
December 17, 2011
Linda, I want to thank you again, for allowing
us to share our Red E Fox 9-1-1 program with your guests
at the museum. This is the 3rd year that we have been involved
in this event and it continues to get better every year!.
There was a great turn out and we made lots of contacts
with the children of the community. You have a wonderful
organization that is certainly an asset to the City of Allentown
our residents, and visitors. Thank you again for allowing
us to participate. Please keep us in mind for future events.
Mike Michael D. Hilbert
ENP Superintendent of Communications
E911 Center / Technical Services
Novemeber 3, 2011
Years ago I can recall admiring the meatpacking building,
that the museum now occupies, from the road. So much so
I actually got out of my car and walked around it thinking
what a great building for something really special. Just
toured the museum and then had the opportunity to speak
with Linda Merkel, the director. America On Wheels is truly
redefining what museums mean to a community. A special group
of people who care about their organization and the community
July 14, 2011
We visited your museum this past Wednesday and had such
a wonderful time! Our 11 year old son had a blast taking
pictures of all the old cars, our 8 year old copied about
12 license plates upstairs and our 5 year old put about
100 miles on the Mack truck! Then, they all enjoyed coloring
in the coloring books when we got home. Your museum is kid-friendly,
adult informative (Yes, I do want to know why I can't fix
my car anymore...) and an all around pleasure to visit.
May 7, 2011
I would like to thank you and your staff for the great day
at the Cars 2 World Tour. It meant alot to us to see the
look on our daughter's face when she got to see her favorite
movie characters up close. My wife and I both agreed it
was well put together and extremely well organized for the
mass amount of people that arrived. Thank you so very much
from my wife, myself, and especially my daughter.
December 11, 2010
Thank you for allowing us to share our Red E. Fox / 9-1-1
Public Education Program with your guests at the Child Safety
Day event today. The turnout was fantastic and we were able
to make many contacts with the children that attended. You
and your staff should be very proud of the facility and
programs that you have developed. The museum is certainly
an asset to the citizens and the City of Allentown. Thank
you again for allowing us to participate in your event.
Please keep us in mind for other similar programs.
Michael D. Hilbert, ENP
Superintendent of Communications E911 Center / Technical
September 16, 2010
Dear Liz, On behalf of Volvo Sports America, I want to thank
you for your hospitality this past weekend. Our membership
enjoyed a wonderful day at the museum. I heard many compliments
from the membership in attendance about your displays. The
staff accommodated our every need. I cannot say enough about
their courtesy to VSA. Liz you were a big help in bringing
this to reality and it was a pleasure to work with you.
Linda Merkel was there to greet us Saturday morning, and
to assure everything went smoothly for us. We hope this
was an equally enjoyable experience for America on Wheels.
I can foresee us coming back in the future. I know our members
will be good will ambassadors for the museum, and spread
the good word. Liz, again many thanks, and I hope your museum
gets the praise it deserves and continues to grow.
See you in the fast lane,
Bruce Potter, President Volvo Sports America
August 19, 2010
Liz, and the Docents: Our group thoroughly enjoyed all aspects
of the museum. I was pleasantly surprised by the size of
the museum and how well modes of transportation were displayed.
There was a lot of reminiscing occurring as we viewed the
exhibits. A special thanks is extended to the docents whose
knowledge of the subject gave excellent and fascinating
information. I am so pleased that we had this opportunity.
August 9, 2010
Dear Linda, Thank you for the excellent tour and experience
that you and your staff provided to our VIP guests from
China. They commented very favorably on the museum, in particular
the 1930 Hupmobile. Pete was a great tour guide for us and
the entire morning went very well. I enjoyed the museum
myself and will try to figure a way to get my father in
law there as well. Overall a very good experience - thanks
from all of us at MINTEQ.
Richard S. Baum Business Director - Metallurgical Products
July 2, 2010
Hi Liz – This is just a quick thank you for all
your help with our event last Tuesday. You have a beautiful
site with fascinating displays which our guests enjoyed
tremendously. Even more important, all of the staff (especially
you, Linda, and Paul) seemed ready to help and focused on
service. On behalf of all the staff at ABC and our members
who attended the banquet, thank you very much for making
sure we had a positive and memorable evening.
Office & Operations Manager, Associated Builders and Contractors,
Eastern PA Chapter
June 8, 2010
Dear Liz, After looking at many locations in the Allentown,
PA we were delightfully surprised at the attendance at our
Expo which was held at your lovely museum on May 26th. During
these tumultuous economic times, it has been difficult to
find venues, which will interest a wide variety of customers.
The America on Wheels museum provided the perfect locale
to interest customers from all walks of life. The Allentown
location also allowed us to pull in customers from a wide
geographic area. I want to thank everyone at the museum
for their help in making the event a complete success. We
already have been told by both the vendors and customers
that attended the we need to make this an annual event.
Thanks again for your hospitality,
April 18, 2010
I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity
to work with America on Wheels for our fundraiser. Those
who attended really enjoyed the opportunity to visit the
museum. I have visited Greenfield Village many times in
Detroit and was wondering how America on Wheels could tell
the auto industry story locally. Well, you have certainly
done a great job!!! Your well informed and friendly volunteers
helped make the exhibition come alive and are excellent.
Thanks you for partnering with us. I certainly will
visit again when my grandchildren are in town from Ohio.
Phyllis Ringel, PhD, Executive Director Jewish Family Service
of the Lehigh Valley