Museum Entrusts Students With Piece of Homegrown History

The museum's trailer backs up to the College Avenue Labs dock to unload a special delivery for the School of Transportation Technology.

Students and museum personnel maneuver the latest historical "figure" on loan to automotive restoration technology majors.

David Beard, the Boyertown Museum's executive director (in maroon shirt), gathers with students and faculty in a corner of the collision repair lab.

Taking part in a brief tour are, from left, Roy Klinger, instructor of collision repair; David Beard, executive director of the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles; Rod Reinert, facilities manager at the museum; Debra Miller, the college's director of corporate relations; and Kendra Cook, museum curator. (Off camera, but part of the tour group, is Brett A. Reasner, assistant dean of transportation technology.)

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.

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