Books on Wheels: A History of Traveling Books in America
November 17 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Traveling books in America date back to the mid-1800s. Libraries were the first to offer free books to under-privileged families; initially out of book depositories. Soon after, book wagons were commissioned to reach the most people possible. By the early 1930’s, motor vehicles were utilized. This presentation will uncover not only the beginnings of traveling books in America, but how the Boyertown Auto Body Works had an integral role in this history.
The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles houses dozens of automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles that were manufactured right here in Pennsylvania while the industry was still in its infancy. Prior to that time, the region produced multitudes of horse-drawn vehicles, of which many examples can be found at the Museum.
The museum is housed in the former home of the Boyertown Auto Body Works, which had continuous operations on this site from 1872 – 1990, and retains the factory setting, making it a unique and interesting setting for the vehicles. The Boyertown Auto Body Works manufactured trucks of all shapes and sizes, from food delivery vehicles to bookmobiles!