2006 ATHS National
Convention & Truck Show
May 25-27, 2006 -- Baltimore, Maryland
Call for Information - 816 891-8392
Baltimore's Carroll Park
Carroll Park, Baltimore's third country landscape park, is a pleasant surprise, located within walking distance of Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
The park is home to the Mount Clare Mansion, the oldest existing colonial structure in Maryland.
The park (A Monticello in Baltimore?) is named after Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and former landlord of 800 acres in the Patapsco River area. Carroll built Mount Clare in 1760, and the museum features more than 1,000 artifacts from Carroll's era.
The gorgeous mansion is the highlight of Carroll Park, and the clean, lively Carroll Park itself is nicer than most of those downtown!
Incorporated in 1971, the American Truck Historical Society was formed to preserve the history of trucks, the trucking industry, and its pioneers.
Just over a year later, the United States Truck Historical Society was included to form the new ATHS. Shortly afterward, the American Trucking Association officially recognized the ATHS as the “duly authorized organization founded to record and develop trucking industry historical data.”
A headquarters was established in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, and the society began printing a newsletter. With membership increasing, this newsletter was converted to a magazine in 1980, known as Wheels of Time.
Mr. Harris Saunders, Sr. (Saunders Truck Leasing) became president of the organization in 1977. He relocated the headquarters to Birmingham, Alabama, and hired Mrs. Zoe S. James to care for the library, archives, and membership. This was the beginning of a period of rapid growth in membership: From 350 members in 1977, the Society has grown to more than 23,000 in 2006.
An annual convention has been held each year since 1972, with an antique truck show (open to the public) added in 1980. These shows have grown from 23 trucks in 1980 to more than 1,000 antique trucks, fire engines, buses and RV’s, military and special interest vehicles in 2003. The 2007 Convention is scheduled for Colorado Springs, CO – World Arena – June 7-9. The 2008 Convention planning has started for Hutchinson, KS – Kansas State Fairgrounds – May 22-24.
The Zoe James Memorial Library boasts a collection of more than 100,000 photographs, 35,000 pieces of sales literature, 45,000 books and numerous periodicals.
The ATHS logo brings together elements representing the trucking industry:
The Shield: the shape of federal highway markers. The Wheel: the momentum of a great industry. Bold Stripes: the open road. Colors: red, white and blue – the colors of America.
The ATHS has grown to be international in scope -- members represent 25 countries, all 50 U.S. states and three protectorates. ATHS encourages the formation of local chapters. Currently, there are more than 95 chapters (including five in Canada and one in Australia).
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