PARIS — The 38th annual Founder’s Day to support the Hamlin Library and Museum will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 16, on the Paris Hill Green.

The highlight of the 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 on Founder’s Day.

The collection of more than 50 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, V-16 Cadillac, Stutz, Graham-Paige and Auburn 12; 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 and later-model sports cars. Along with the vehicles there is an antique doll and toy collection, horse-drawn carriages, player piano, old phonographs, table-top instruments and a jukebox.

Festivities include music, entertainment and a craft fair. The event will be held rain or shine.

Admission cost to see the car collection is a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $2 for children 12 and younger. All proceeds support the Hamlin Memorial Library and Museum.

FMI: 207-743-2980, www.hamlin.lib.me.us.


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