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The 2009 NCA Convention

Philadelphia "Friedom" Tour
September 23rd to 27th
Convention documents are available Here.

"You Spelled Freedom Wrong!"

Philadelphia Friedom Tour 2009
Philadelphia "Friedom" Tour
No, we didn't. Our convention in 2009 is named in honor of Frederick Fried, a co-founder of the National Carousel Association. No one would have believed that his carousel, said to be Dentzel's favorite, would make its way back from storage in an old mill, to be completely restored and ridden again. For the finale of our tour we will view and ride this carousel at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia.

Our nation formed its roots right here in Philadelphia as did many of our favorite carousels. We have so many to show you that we even had to skip a few.

You will see carousels that are used hard every day. You will see carousels beautifully restored. You will be moved by carousels that barely have paint, awaiting our help, and you will meet communities who realized what they had, and have preserved their carousels for the future.

Along the way you will experience the best of Pennsylvania. We will show you Hershey, the PA Dutch, the coal regions, and historic Philadelphia. And you will love the food!

So get your cameras, your walking shoes, and your hearty appetite ready! This is not a convention to miss!

Note: The complete description of activities for this convention are available in our Welcome Letter, Available Here.

Carousels We Plan to See:
  • Dorney Park, Allentown, PA
    1921 Dentzel 4-row
  • Hershey Park, Hershey, PA
    1919 PTC #47
  • Pottstown Carousel
    1905 PTC #9 frame with Ed Roth carvings
  • Perkasie Carousel, Perkasie, PA
    1951 Allan Herschell 3-row metal
  • Weona Park, Pen Argyl, PA
    1900 Dentzel, original paint, restored
  • Peddler's Village, Lahaska, PA
    1922 PTC #59 frame, Ed Roth carvings.
  • Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, PA
    1924 Dentzel restored in 2008
  • Soupy Island, Thorofare, NJ
    1900 Heyn 4-row.

Philadelphia Friedom Tour 2009
1921 Dentzel 4-row
Dorney Park
Allentown, PA
Photo courtesy of John Caruso
Pre-convention Tour - Wednesday September 23rd
  • Millville Fire Company, PA
    1920 Allen Herschell 3-row
  • Knoebel's Grove, Elysburg PA
    1923 Kremer/Carmel 4-row
    1910 Stein & Goldstein 2 row

Also planned:

  • Free time at Chocolate World, Hershey
  • Tour the incredible cement castle of Henry Chapman Mercer in Bucks County, PA
  • Shady Maple Smorgasbord, Lancaster County
    "200 feet of Authentic PA Dutch cooking!"

Convention Hotel

Doubletree Suites
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
(610) 834-8300
Rate: $129/night includes hot buffet breakfast at hotel.
$139 Triple $149 Quad All rooms are suites.
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The Convention Hotel features:

  • Complimentary full hot breakfast buffet for NCA registered guests each morning of your stay
  • Brandywine Hunt Club and Grille Restaurant serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Atrium Lounge; recently renovated and set in seven story Atrium Lobby
  • Complimentary cardio and free-weight fitness center. Indoor pool and Jacuzzi™
  • Complimentary self-parking. Complimentary shuttle service within one mile of hotel. RV's welcome!
  • Refrigerator, microwave, wet bar, coffee, pull-out sofa bed, two TV's, vanity mirrors, and Neutrogena™ bath products
  • USA Today™ each weekday morning
  • Next door to Plymouth Meeting Mall with fiberglass carousel

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