Thursday, May 11, 2017

boyertown museum of historic vehicles-- an automotive industry poetry reading during the friday, may 26 art walk in boyertown.

the boyertown museum of historic vehicles is hosting a poetry reading at the end of this month, specifically focusing on automotive industry poems from the first and second volumes of the labors of our fingertips: poems from manufacturing history in berks county.

the poetry reading is set for friday, may 26 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the fourth friday art walk in boyertown. the boyertown museum of historic vehicles is located at 85 south walnut street, boyertown, pa 19512. cost for admission is half of the usual rate during the art walk, $4 per person.

three special guests and their wives will be a part of the reading, and the audience is welcome to ask questions about their memories of these jobs which were such a big part of their lives and the regional economy, in the past. 

the featured guests will be walter delong, born in 1936, who worked at boyertown auto body works, jerry rothermel, born in 1949, who worked at tung-sol which specialized in headlight production for vehicles, and willie kramer, born in 1932, who did color-matching and leather-cutting work for the seats of automobiles at garden state tanning.

in the black shirt in the middle, walter delong sat in a trolley 
he and his co-workers made at boyertown auto body works

jerry rothermel and his mother, lena rothermel, both worked at 
tung-sol in boyertown, in the headlight production industry

willie kramer spent his time at garden state tanning in fleetwood 
in two different departments and saved his cutting tools as well as 
leather samples from not only producing automobiles but also footballs


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