45th Annual Founder's Day Event
Saturday, July 20th, 2024

Paris, ME

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The 45th annual Founder's Day to support the Hamlin Library and Museum in Paris, Maine will be held Saturday July 20, 2024.

The showpiece of the charity event is The Bahre Collection of antique and Classic cars. The collection, housed at the birthplace of Hannibal Hamlin, Abraham Lincoln's first vice-president, is open once a year to the public at the Founder's Day event.

The collection of over fifty vehicles includes one of the world's finest assemblages of Packards. The Packard collection features Dietrich V-windshield body styles and LeBaron V-windshield body styles on the Packard 12 chassis for 1932-34, the one-off front-wheel-drive prototype sedan, a 1906 Model S touring car and other specialty Packards.

The collection highlights American Classics such as Duesenbergs, Cadillac, Stutz, and Graham-Paige; foreign Classics such as Delahaye, Isotta Fraschini, Hispano-Suiza, Mercedes-Benz and Alfa-Romeo; and an eclectic grouping of brass-era cars (including two electric cars), a Tucker, a Harley-Davidson, the original Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang II from 1921, and later-model sports cars. Along with the vehicles there is an antique doll and toy collection, horse-drawn carriages, player pianos, old phonographs, table-top instruments and a jukebox.

Lunch options will be available and there will be a craft fair on the Village Green with vendors selling a variety of handcrafted items.


Admission to the classic car exhibit is $10 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. All proceeds benefit the Hamlin Memorial Library & Museum.

This is a rain or shine event!

(207) 743-2980

Email us at hamlinstaff@hamlin.lib.me.us!

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