"Long before my association with The William E. Swigart Automobile Museum, my wife and I were staying at a hotel in Winchester, VA. At the hotel, an antique car convention was being held. We met a gentleman who owned a Ford Model T.
He showed us how the car operated and how the transmission worked. At that moment, I was hooked and have had an interest in the automobile ever since that one chance encounter."
"From the time I was 14— I've had a strong passion for history. I think it is so important to preserve the past and learn about our history and heritage. Since then I have been interested in genealogy and local history so, I joined and volunteer in many of the local history organizations.
Currently, I am involved with the Huntingdon County Historical Society, Hartslog Heritage Museum, Aughwick Civil War Roundtable, Historic Keller Church and Cemetery, Sons of the American Legion Post 150. Also, I volunteer at events like Hartslog Day in Alexandria, Canal Era Days at the Mount Union Area Historical Society and in the Huntingdon County Fair Farm Museum during Fair week. I had previously been involved with the Petersburg Heritage Museum, Huntingdon County Heritage Committee, and Huntingdon's 250th Celebration Committee.
Working at the Swigart Museum is very much an honor, to be able to help preserve, and share such a unique piece of history in the automotive world. This museum holds such a wonderful collection of rare and one of a kind vehicles- like the 1920 Carroll, the only one still in existence and the 1908 Studebaker Electric Twelve Passenger Congressional Carry-All subway coach. Another of my favorites is the 1987 Johnson Phaeton Coupe; especially since, Mrs. Pat Swigart took me for a ride in it."