The museum has been open for seven years, but each year has lost money. The non-profit, dedicated to preserving the history of trucks, needs approximately $100,000 to keep running.
The museum was conceived by Richard Guerrera of Middlebury, CT, a 35-year trucking veteran. Guerrera, after purchasing land in 1998 to complete his vision, succumbed to cancer in 1999before the museum ever opened. His wife, Frances, continued his dream, taking his 18 restored trucks and opened the museum in September 2002. The museum now includes those antiques plus a revolving collection of vehicles on loan. According to its web site, “You will find an extensive display of antique trucks in the showroom ranging from the early 1900’s until 1974. Mack, GMC, Diamond T, Autocar, White, International, Pierce Arrow, Republic, Jeep, Dodge, Brockway and others are all represented in the display.” Even police cars and carriages are on display.
Now, it’s time for the trucking industry to help keep one man’s dream alive. If you’d like to donate to keep a part of trucking history alive, visit http://goldenagetruckmuseum.com/fund_raiser.shtml.