Kindergarteners had a fun and educational treat May 30 at Monocacy Kindergarten Center when a wide range of vehicles filled the parking lot during Transportation Day.Parents and friends volunteered to share their unusual and interesting antique and specialty vehicles and students enjoyed an up-close look at a variety of artifacts brought from the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles.
Displayed were modes of transportation ranging from as small as a mini-Corvette to as big as an 18-wheeler and from as light as a canoe to as heavy as an armored vehicle. Children learned about a wide spectrum of transportation from motor powered to muscle powered.
The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles brought an antique horse-drawn runabout box buggy built in 1911 by the Boyertown Carriage Works.
A museum representative taught children about how to steer a horse with a bit and bridle, about horseshoes and horse cleats, and about driving in the days before motorcars. At the end of the exciting event students got to ride in one vehicle that they have come to know well-the big yellow school bus that takes them home.
In addition to the museum's vehicles, the children saw a Harley Davidson motorcycle and Berks County Libraries' Bookasaurus.
To learn more about Pennsylvania's transportation history visit the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles located at 85 South Walnut Street, Boyertown. The muse-um's regular hours are 9:30 to 4:00 Tuesday through Sunday. The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles is a public, non-governmental, community organization supported by members and friends in the region.
It collects, preserves, studies and exhibits vehicles built in Southeastern Pennsylvania. For more information call 610-367-2090 or visit the museum website www.boyertownmuseum.org.