Museum Entrusts Students With Piece of Homegrown History
Representatives of the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles – a Berks County showcase for automobiles, trucks and motorcycles manufactured in Pennsylvania – traveled to Penn College on Monday with a rare treat for students. The group delivered a 1907 Duryea, on loan to the School of Transportation Technology for a painstaking makeover. Roy Klinger, collision repair instructor, said the car will first be used in the research phase of the automotive restoration technology major, as students delve into its history and learn of its unique features. Work will then begin to repair the worn upper-body areas of the vehicle, which eventually will be returned to running order and given back to the museum in time for its 50th anniversary in 2015. The Duryea was built by Frank Duryea, who, with his brother, had manufactured the first commercially produced, gasoline-powered car in 1893.