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A virtual walkthrough of the new headquarters and library of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Due to open in the summer of 2020 in Hershey, PA.

It’s Official!

By Stacy Zimmerman, Speedster editor, szimmerman@aaca.org

Well, something very exciting happened this month here at AACA Headquarters. On March 19, AACA and the Pennsylvania American Water Company sat down in the AACA Library to finalize the real estate transaction for our new home. Lots of paperwork was signed, handshakes were made, keys were given and cake was eaten.

This momentous occasion signifies the beginning of the next chapter in AACA’s history. Most of you know that our club was founded in 1935 in Philadelphia. We bought our current building here in Hershey in 1970. The building was originally built in 1936 as dormitory housing for students at the Milton Hershey School (yes, that Milton Hershey – the chocolate man!). The library was started in 1977 and had grown so much that by 1985 we needed to build an addition to our current building. Since then, the library’s collection has grown tenfold and is literally bursting at the seams. With multiple large collections already promised to the library in the upcoming years and the planned expansion of club services to our members and the public, this new building will provide AACA with the space we need to build the future we all want for this beloved hobby of ours.

We are currently in the midst of a capital campaign to raise the funds needed to renovate the new building and create a new home for the club and library that we can all be proud of. One which will provide worldwide access to the invaluable resources we offer to the entire historical vehicle community. The new building will become a welcome center and information hub for both car lovers and the general public to share in our passion for the preservation and enjoyment of automotive history.

To make this happen, we need YOU! This is your chance to give back to the hobby that has brought you so much joy, so many friends and countless good memories. This is your chance to be part of history yourself. This is your chance to make a real difference for future generations. Every single dollar counts! Every donation makes a difference! No amount of gift is too small or too big!

A HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who have already given to this project!! For those of you who haven’t yet, please take a few minutes to visit our brand new capital campaign website and make your donation today. Bookmark this website so you can follow along with the building and campaign progress.

Join us as we make this dream a reality!