Butch Patrick talks collecting at annual LVHM 'History Expo'
Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on the hit television series "The Munsters" (1964 - 1966), will speak and greet visitors at the annual History Expo 2013, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. April 6, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum (LVHM), 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.
The event is free and open to the public. The museum admission fee is waived for the day.
"Little known to the public is Butch Patrick's obsession with history," said Joseph Garrera, LVHM Executive Director. "He collects everything, from Beatles' memorabilia to vintage records and even monster items."
Patrick will talk about collecting historical items, and why it is important to study and preserve the past. "Every person has their own museum. We are all collectors," said Patrick.
At the Expo, living-history actors will recreate the Civil War era, Colonial America and the American Revolution.
More than 40 historical societies, house museums and history organizations from the Lehigh Valley region will be showcased at the Expo with displays and exhibits that cover 10,000-square-foot museum.
"Visitors will travel back in time as they hear the sounds of and see antique cars and tractors, some dating back almost 100 years. Award -winning curator Ron Smith of Hellertown has assembled a rare and fascinating exhibition of vintage vehicles," Garrera said.
Expert bicycle collector Bob Swaim will offer a look at the world of rare bicycles. Swaim, who has been featured on PBS, will demonstrate rare cycles from his vintage collection.
Encampments on the museum's 3.5 acre campus will bring to life the French and Indian War. Civil War. Re-enactors from Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in authentic uniforms will recreate military life. Visitors will encounter the smell of a country campfire as a meal of biscuits and beef cooks.
At the Civil War encampment, children may march with soldiers during training drills. Children may enjoy old-fashioned games, toys and outdoor experiences. Free hot dogs and refreshments, and photo opportunities with historic figures from the past, will be available.
Those interested in science can meet Professor Kilowatt, participate in an Energy Scavenger Hunt and join in educational experiments.
There will be free tours of Historic 1770 Trout Hall, a fully-furnished Colonial stone mansion and Allentown's oldest remaining residence adjacent to the Heritage Museum.
Visitors can tour Heritage Museum exhibits on the Revolutionary War, Abraham Lincoln and other subjects.
Last year, more than 1,500, including 500 children, attended the Expo.