POSTPONED-May 9: The Collings Foundation’s Three A’s: Automobiles, Aircraft, and Armor

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have had to postpone our May 9 visit to the Collings Foundation. We will update the new date when we are able to do so. Thank you for your understanding.

Here at the Collings Foundation, we have three collections available for this guided tour on Saturday, May 9.

We have our Car Barn with antique automobiles, the Aircraft Hanger with vintage aircraft, and the newest collection on display at the American Heritage Museum (AHM).  At the AHM, we have one of the largest privately-held collections of armored fighting vehicles in the world.

At 10am, we’ll begin at the Car Barn where we have a collection of antique automobiles and the Classic Car Collection.  The automobiles date from the early 1900s through the 1930s. We have a 1906 electric vehicle (EV) called a Pope-Waverly and a Stanley Steamer (built in Newton, MA).  We’ll tour the collection for approximately one hour.

The next stop will be the Aircraft Hanger.  We have a collection of vintage aircraft from 1901 to the 1950s.  Of note, is a 1909 Bleriot Type XI.  This particular Bleriot is a later version of the famed Bleriot flown by Louis Bleriot on July 25th, 1909 across the English Channel.  We’ll tour the collection for approximately one hour.

Our final tour will be at the AHM.  This is our newest and largest collection with nearly 100 artifacts on display.  The collection begins with an artillery piece from the Revolutionary War, to a tank from World War I, to an entire gallery devoted to World War II.  Other galleries include the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and the War on Terror.

At the AHM, we also have a section of the Berlin Wall and a piece of structural steel from World Trade Center II.  The first hour of the tour will be guided.  After the first hour, guests may self-guide at their own pace.

Mike Manning will be your guide.  He has been involved with the Collings Foundation for nearly a decade – first as a guest and now as a docent.  Mike is familiar with all three collections but his specialty is the World War II armored fighting vehicle and artillery gallery.

Please note: There will be some walking involved for this tour between the Car Barn, Aircraft Hangar, and the museum. Note that the hanger has three levels and is not ADA-accessible between levels.  However, anyone on the ground level should be able to see most of what is on display.  

When

Saturday, May 9 at 10:00am. The tour will last three hours plus time to visit the American Heritage Museum on your own.

Where

568 Main Street, Hudson, MA 01749.

We will send further instructions regarding parking prior to the event. Please note there will be some walking involved for this tour between the Car Barn, Aircraft Hangar, and the museum.

Registration

Registration is required and spaces are limited. We will close registration and refunds on April 29.

The cost is $22.50 per person.

Within this price, we are now adding at $2.50 fee for registration. History Camp, both the annual History Camp Boston and our behind-the-scenes monthly tours, are put on by The Pursuit of History, a non-profit organization formed in 2019 to enable us to expand what we do in Boston and to add other cities. This year we are adding a nominal fee to all events to help support History Camp.

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