Celebrity Collector Butch Patrick Known Worldwide as “Eddie Munster” To Greet Visitors at History Expo

Mar 22nd, 2013Press Release from Lehigh County Historical Society

 Celebrity Collector Butch Patrick Known Worldwide as “Eddie Munster” 

To Greet Visitors at History Expo

Butch_ParickAllentown, Pennsylvania—Butch Patrick is one of the most well-known child actors in the world.  He played Eddie Munster on the hit 1960s television series “The Munsters” (1964-1966).  He will speak and greet visitors at History Expo 2013.  The event, on Saturday, April 6th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum in Allentown, is one of the largest FREE history fairs in the country.  The announcement was made today by Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum.


“This is fantastic; little known to the public is Butch Patrick’s obsession with history.  He collects everything from Beatles memorabilia to vintage records and even monster items,” said Garrera.  Patrick will be talking about collecting historical items.  He will speak to visitors about why it is important to study and preserve the past.  “Every person has their own museum; we are all collectors,” said Patrick.


History Expo is a gigantic FREE day of history entertainment for the whole family.  Visitors can re-live life on the American frontier from 200 years ago.  Living history actors will recreate the tumultuous Civil War era, Colonial America, and the patriotic American Revolution.  More than 40 historical societies, house museums, and history organizations from the Lehigh Valley region will be showcased in the Expo, setting up public displays and exhibits that cover ten thousand square feet of the Museum.


“Visitors will travel back in time as they hear the sounds of and see antique cars and tractors, some datingback almost 100 years.  Award Winning Curator Ron Smith of Hellertown, Pennsylvania, has assembled a rare and fascinating exhibition of vintage vehicles,” said Garrera.  Expert bicycle collector and showman Bob Swaim will offer an excitinglook at the worldof rare bicycles.  Swaim, who has been featured on PBS television and in popular print, will demonstrate rare cycles from his vintage collection.  Among the highlights, a high wheeler, one of the earliest types of bicycles, and a new human-powered vehicle that exercises both the upper and lower body.


Encampments on the Museum’s 3.5 acre campus will bring to life the Frenchand Indian War and the Civil War.  Re-enactors from Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania in authentic historical uniforms will recreate military life throughout the day.  Visitors to the Expo will encounter the smell of a country campfire as a meal of biscuits and beef cooks as it would have more than a century ago.


At the Civil War encampment, children can march with soldiers during special training drills.  Children visiting the Expo will enjoy old-fashioned games, toys, and outdoor experiences.  FREE hot dogs and refreshments, along with the joy of having their pictures taken with historical figures from the past, will be a highlight for all children.  Those interested in science can meet “Professor Kilowatt,” take an Energy Scavenger Hunt, and join in educational experiments.


Historic 1770 Trout Hall, a fully furnished Colonial Stone Mansion adjacent to the Heritage Museum, will conduct FREE mini-tours.  Experience what it was like to live during Colonial America when you step inside Allentown’s oldest remaining residence.  Visitors can even tour the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum’s expansive exhibits onThe Revolutionary War, Abraham Lincoln, and other subjects.  And it’s all FREE for one day only at this gigantic open-house celebration!


All children receive a FREE hot dog and beverage.  Last year more than fifteen hundred visitors, including 500 children, attended the Expo, with children receiving free refreshments.  The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, Historic Trout Hall, and the entire 3.5 acre museum campus are all FREE on Saturday, April 6th.  This day-long event celebrates and honors the past!  History Expo is where the past comes to life in the present!


The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum is a teaching institution that attracts a diverse audience.  Its collections of historical Americana include over 30,000 three-dimensional objects, 3 million documents and more than 75,000 vintage photographs.   Regular Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 NOON to 4 p.m. (closed every Monday).  The Museum is located at 432 W. Walnut Street in Allentown.   Parking is available in the rear of the Museum, on the street, and in nearby lots.  For more information, contact Joseph Garrera, Executive Director, at 484-553-2592 (cell) any time of day or at 610-435-1074. Visit www.lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org or visit us on Facebook.

CONTACTJoseph Garrera                                                                         

Executive Director

cell: 484-553-2592




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