Ruthie (then known as Ruth Packard) had a once-in-a-lifetime experience in 1975-77.  As Vice President of the  American Freedom Train Foundation - a touring museum of American history celebrating the Bicentennial - she assembled the collection, and then travelled with the train as the head of Community Affairs.  Her local paper ran a great article about her involvement on the front page of the Living section on July 4, 1999.  You can see the full text here.  To keep the memories alive, I have scanned in a few souvenirs and some pictures of Ruth with some of the many celebrities she hosted.

Ticket to the train
Postmarked envelope from the July 4, 1976
stop in (where else) Philadelphia

Photo Album

Other American Freedom Train Sites

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E-Mail Webmaster  (Ruthie's daughter)
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