American Truck Historical Society

INCORPORATED IN 1971, ATHS IS DEDICATED TO PRESERVING THE HISTORY OF TRUCKS

THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY AND THE PIONEERS WHO MADE HISTORY

   

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In 1972, the United States Truck Historical Society and the American Truck Historical Society joined to form the “new” ATHS.  Following the merger, the American Trucking Association officially recognized ATHS as the “duly authorized organization founded to record and develop trucking industry historical data.”

A headquarters was established in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, and the society began printing a newsletter. As membership grew, the newsletter became a magazine and  in 1980, the magazine became known as the Wheels of Time.

Mr. Harris Saunders, Sr. (Saunders Truck Leasing) was elected president of the organization in 1977.  During his time as President, the Society relocated the headquarters to Birmingham, Alabama.    Mr. Saunders hired his daughter, Mrs. Zoe S. James, to oversee the library, archives, and membership.

This was a period of rapid growth for the Society and membership increased from 350 in 1977 to 1,000 in 1980 and 9,000 in 1990.  Our current membership is nearly 21,000.

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