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