Charitable Journeys: The Roths and The Gilmore Car Museum

Feb 23, 2024

The Gilmore Car Museum is more than just a collection of vintage automobiles; it embodies America’s automotive legacy. Dick Roth and Connie Roth have embraced this mission with unwavering passion, supporting the museum through their Donor Advised Fund (DAF) in a way that truly sets them apart.

The Roths’ contribution goes beyond financial support; it reflects their deep-seated belief in the museum’s mission and its ability to connect people with the profound history, heritage, and societal impact of the automobile. Their story showcases how individuals can profoundly impact organizations they cherish, ensuring that future generations can partake in the vibrant tapestry of America’s automotive history.

For Dick Roth, volunteering at the museum transcends a mere hobby; it’s a profound commitment to preserving automotive history. Dick occasionally serves as a volunteer at The Gilmore, acting as an instructor for their Model T Driving Experiences. These experiences allow visitors to learn to operate a Model T, from using the spark and throttle control levers to proper shifting techniques. Participants also get the opportunity to learn more about Henry Ford and how the Model T changed the world during a historian-guided tour of portions of the Museum collection.

Dick’s passion for antique vehicles and American history has not only enriched his life but has also created memories he and Connie hold dear, like driving their Model T on the dirt road on their property! They also believe it’s important to include the next generation in learning about automotive history. They take their grandchildren for drives in the cars and plan to teach them how to drive them once they are old enough, ensuring that their love for vintage automobiles and appreciation for history is passed down to future generations.

Their journey underscores the power of philanthropy in preserving our heritage and inspiring future generations. The Roths’ dedication to The Gilmore Car Museum is a call to action, urging others to contemplate how they, too, can leave a meaningful mark on causes dear to them. Whether through volunteering, donations, or other forms of support, their charitable journey is a poignant reminder that we all can shape the future by cherishing the past.


Photos provided by Dick and Connie Roth.

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