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Benefits of AACA Membership.

What do you mean by a day or two early?  Monday and Tuesday?  If that is the case Tuesday around noon many of the vendors are open for business!  Tuesday night at the AACA Library starting at 4 PM is a sale of a LOT of excess literature at great prices.  Monday you could visit the AACA Museum and beat the crowd, plus the Hershey Museum, got to Harrisburg and visit the Civil War Museum, etc.  Lots to do in this area. 

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The AACA Museum would love to have you visit!    We have extended hours for Hershey Fall Meet Week:

 

Monday 10/3 - 9AM - 8:00 PM

Tuesday 10/4 - 9AM - 8:00 PM

Wednesday 10/5 - 9AM - 2 PM - the Night at the Museum Event begins at 6PM - Opening of Route 66 Exhibit area + Wayne Carini, Ralph Marano & Bill Warner will be doing a Collector Car Conversation.

Thursday 10/6 - 9AM - 9PM -    NEW Cars & Coffee from 7:30 - 10AM "Behind the Scenes" in our secret storage building with coffee & donuts by donation.   Sponsored by NPD

Friday 10/7 - 9AM - 9PM -    NEW Cars & Coffee from 7:30 - 10AM "Behind the Scenes" in our secret storage building with coffee & donuts by donation.   Sponsored by NPD

Saturday 10/8- 9AM - 5PM

Sunday 10/9 - 9AM - 8:00 PM

 

Spread the word!    We're excited to see everyone!

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How far away are you coming from? If Hershey is a big hike for you, we're pretty darn close to Gettysburg as well. NYC, Washington DC, Philly and Baltimore are easy day trips as well, all being 3 hours or so away. What are your interest other than old cars?

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AACA Museum Open Daily

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with last admission @ 4:00 PM

The AACA Museum’s gift shop is open 10AM – 5PM

Closed

Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve Day
Christmas Day
New Year’s Day

September 10, 2016 – Closed for a private event.

Hershey Fall Meet Week Updated Hours:

October 3 & 4 The AACA Museum will be open from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

October 5, 2016  The Museum will close at 2 PM to accommodate set-up for our annual Night at the Museum dinner.  Many vehicles will also be removed from the lower gallery in preperation for this event.

October 6 &7 – The AACA Museum will be open from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

October 8 – The AACA Museum will be open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

October 9 – The AACA Museum will be open from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

Visit our Meet Week page for additional events and details.

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Cars guys would like tha AACA museum; a must see.  For non-car stuff, there is an outlet mall, and the Hershey chocolate center.  Not too far away is Pennsylvania Dutch county and the Gettysburg battlefield.   For more car stuff, travel a little further east to Allentown for the America on Wheels Museum. and to Bethlehem for the brand new Museum Of American Industry (close to the Sands casino, if you are a gambler).  If you want a challenge while in Bethlehem, stop by Lehigh University and find the James Ward Packard Laboratory building, home of the mechanical engineering department.  They have one of the very first Packard automobiles on display in the lobby.  Go the other way (west from Hershey) and you can stop by the Rolls Royce Owners Club HQ and museum in Mechanicsburg, but they have limited hours/dates, so check in advance.  Of course the AACA research library is a good stop if you are interested in digging into some trivia on a particular make and model.   Have a great trip!

Andrew

 

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http://boyertownmuseum.org/

The link above is to a Museum in Berks County that I need to get back to. It's not a far drive and has a neat collection with a "made in Pa" theme. I haven't been there for 15 years myself, but you would see things there that you won't find elsewhere. Heading in the other direction a little farther is

http://www.swigartmuseum.com/

If you hit up AACA and Swigart you'll probably see more Tuckers in one day than any other day in your life. AACA has an awesome Tucker exhibit, and Swigart has two more cars, including the surviving prototype 1947 model as well as a nice early collections of cars an a pleasant drive though central pa.

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I have been getting in on Monday evening now for the past few years, Makes Tuesday that much easier, and I leave early Sunday morning, also much easier on the body,

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AACA museum is definitely easy on the body.  There is one long set of steps down towards the motorcycle area as I recall or maybe it is to the entire basement display area, but I believe they have an elevator if needed.  Maybe someone else can verify the elevator.

 

The Gettysburg battlefield is also easy on the body.  Stop at the visitation center and pick up a map of the battlefield, then you can drive the roads on the battlefield and stop to check out the historic sights as desired.

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Yep, elevator is available at the AACA museum.

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If you enjoy general antique hunting there is plenty of opportunity in the area to visit quality malls and individual shops with real antiques in them.  Of course the drawback is you could spend all your spare cash before you ever get to Hershey.  Ask me how I know!!!

Terry

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Be sure to sample some of the local PA German delicacies, shoo fly pie, hog maw (actually better than it sounds), scrapple, red beet eggs, souse, schnitz und knepp.

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Jeff, your description of the "delicacies" makes me sick too but in a different way! :D  I have not acquired a taste for this food after 13 years! 

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When I was in elementary school hog maw was a regular staple on the school lunch menu. I haven't eaten it since. My Son's in-laws have a butcher shop and they regularly sell about 40 hog maws (Pig stomachs) every week.

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Now I REALLY want to get all the way back to Hershey just one more time ! I was very tempted to engage in some gastronomic one-upmanship and mention tripe tacos and hog chitt'lin's (Sandy and I once pan fried crisp some of the previous day's delicious guts and made a low hog version of a BLT - a CLT ?) , but I think I will resist said temptation. To keep it automotive , wasn't hog lard occasionally used as axle grease ? Bon Apetite my adventurous friends !  - Carl

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Hmmmmmmm  , upon reflection , it seems to me that lard as an axle grease pre-dated the automobile. Perhaps there was some extremely early use in ancient self-propelled carriages of the late 19th century. (?). - Carl

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On 8/29/2016 at 0:58 PM, Restorer32 said:

Be sure to sample some of the local PA German delicacies, shoo fly pie, hog maw (actually better than it sounds), scrapple, red beet eggs, souse, schnitz und knepp.

Don't forget PA pretzels and Moon pies :)

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Get there a week early and you can enjoy Carlisle. It's just a few miles further down 81. Then you can have a "Big Smokie" Carlisle goes on from Wednesday thru Sunday. See the Museum on Monday and Tuesday and start hoofing again in Hershey! All car events of course!

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