RICHMOND, Ind. _ On Saturday, Nov. 4, the Model T Ford Club of America (MTFCA) will hold a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting to open the new Bruce McCalley Memorial Library and Research Center at the Model T Museum.
Since 2007, when the MTFCA established the Model T Museum, the Club has assembled an impressive library of Model T related books and literature. The collection has grown to around 200 volumes donated by Club members and museum visitors.
In the fall of 2016 the Museum was given the opportunity to instantly quadruple the number of volumes in its library and to add some very rare publications and one-of-a-kind documents. Ron Patterson, a longtime member and supporter of the MTFCA, was seeking a permanent home for his personal collection of over 600 books, pamphlets, catalogs, and ephemera.
Patterson had one special request; he asked that the facility and collection be named in honor of one of the original founders of the MTFCA, Bruce McCalley. McCalley was editor of the MTFCA’s Vintage Ford magazine from 1966 to 1991 and was a tireless researcher. He spent countless hours gathering information at the Benson Ford Research Center in Dearborn, Mich. In addition to publishing his research in the club magazine, he made it his lifelong mission to share as much information as he could with others. He authored the "Model T Ford Encyclopedia;" "Model T Ford: The Car that Changed the World;" and an extensive series of technical manuals. He also co-authored "From Here to Obscurity" with Ray Miller. McCalley continued researching and writing through retirement and until shortly before his death in 2012.
The public is invited to an Open House from 4 to p.m. with an opportunity to tour both museum buildings as well as the new library.
The Model T Ford Club of America is the largest Model T Club in the world with more than 160 local chapters. For more information, call the Model T Museum at 765-488-0026
P.O. Box 996
Richmond, Indiana 47375-0096