National Roller Coaster Museum shares history

By | November 15, 2013

The history of the roller coaster takes the stage at the 2013 IAAPA Attractions Expo

NRCMA_RGBORLANDO, Fla. — The National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives is sharing the history of amusement parks with members of the industry at the 2013 IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 18 – 22.

A timeline that features milestones in the history of the roller coaster will be prominently displayed on the south concourse at the 2013 IAAPA Attractions Expo. The display is a labor of love by a group of historians and NRCMA board members who felt the timing was ideal to remind the leaders of the amusement industry of its remarkable past.

“Our organization is committed to preserving and protecting the history of this industry. We hope this small installation will arouse some interest in amusement park history and the important work the NRCMA is doing,” Gary Slade, NRCMA Chairman said.

Thanks to donations by industry leaders Gary and Linda Hays from Cliffs Amusement Park and by the Knoebel family, the NRCMA recently began the expansion of its archive building in Plainview, Texas. Ongoing acquisition of artifacts from Cedar Point, Knott’s Berry Farm, Circus Circus Adventuredome, White Water Branson and Adventure City forced the NRCMA to outgrow its current facility.

The NRCMA’s mobile exhibit completed its second year at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The multi-media installation was viewed by nearly 50,000 guests during its limited two-year run.

“We are always looking for facilities interested in our mobile or custom exhibits,” Slade said. “In order to continue to acquire artifacts and create exhibits like the one at Dollywood, we need the industry to support us and to help us expand. If we don’t preserve our history for generations to come it will be lost.”

In addition to the mobile exhibit, the NRCMA will have a booth and representative on the trade show floor. Guests are encouraged to stop and visit at booth #4655.