Our final stop was the Museum of American History, also known as America’s attic. There is so much to see starting with – Children’s TV icons…
A shirtless George Washington?
A tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.
Commercial advertising standards.
A collection of model ships.
Washington DC streetcar.
In the transportation hall they had a couple of displays of life in the 1950s.
And a feature of the growth of the suburbs.
Julia Child’s kitchen.
And her awards.
The random eagle.
A section about Latino’s in America included this cool Statue of Liberty only featuring a Latino woman holding tomatoes.
There was a section about democracy in America, including a stunning presentation on voting in America, and how often people have tried to control who can vote so they can stay in power – it sadly continues to this day.
Presidential election tchotchkes.
A 1940s voting machine.
A collection of protest signs.
Another room housed mechanical items – an early sweeper.
Finally in the presidential section was a collection of street signs named after presidents. The Museum of American History is a sensory overload – in my opinion it is second to Air & Space for museums in DC.
The Antique Automobile Club of America built a nice transportation museum near Hershey, Pennsylvania. More commonly known as the ACCA Museum, it houses a number of automobiles, trucks, buses and motorcycles.
Currently the very cool Hershey Kissmobile is displayed at the front entrance.
The building has 3 levels, with a nice lobby featuring a beautiful ragtop.
Many of the cars are located within themes.
The museum has a nice mix of automobiles and trucks – all restored to original condition.
A full Atlantic Gas Station is displayed, complete with the Service Truck.
The lower level features the Bus Museum.
Their current primary exhibit is on Tuckers.
Three fully restored Tucker’s are shown.
As mentioned in a previous posting when we went to Loudenville for the melting ice sculpture festival, Flxible buses had been built there for a number of years. Many people have bought old buses and transformed them into RVs, the most famous being used in the Robin William movie RV. Once every two years a large group of them gather in Loudenville for a reunion.
After a brief stop at Mohican State Park, we arrived in ‘downtown’ Loudenville, where we found a nice spot in the shade and waited the 30 minutes or so for the parade to start. The parade was lead off with a local police car, followed by a 1960s Hearse – then you saw them – 15 somewhat smelly, somewhat noisy, but beautiful, lumbering giants coming down the hill.
Some of the exteriors were restored to look original to the 1950s or 1960s, but most had very decorative paint jobs. One, clearly a Texan, had an outline of the state painted like the flag with a comet sailing down the side to a porthole for the bathroom outlined with another large star. A field of stars adorned the bottom half of the bus. Most had unique named, like a purple bus called Plum Crazy, another was Ruthie.
We sat next to some of the family members who had come in from all over the United States. They told us there was an open house immediately following the parade at the campgrounds just south of town where everyone was staying. So after the 15 minute parade we moved to the campgrounds where we enjoyed an hour of checking out the variety of interior finishes, as well as the very proud owners talking about their effort in their restorations. Most of the interiors appears to have been restored in the 1980s.
Our return trip focused on staying on small township or state highways, resulting in a pleasing hour drive back to town. If you find yourself in Loudenville, Ohio in July of even numbered years, a visit to the Flxible Bus Gathering is recommended.