Mack museum curator earns ATHS award

Aug. 11, 2015

Don Schumaker, Mack Trucks Historical Museum curator, recently received the Historian of the Industry Award from the American Truck Historical Society (ATHS).

The award recognizes individuals who have been diligent in their pursuit of the history of trucking and was presented to Schumaker during ATHS’ National Convention in York PA.

As curator, Schumaker is responsible for dozens of trucks and exhibits that display the history of Mack Trucks to thousands of visitors each year.

Schumaker joined Mack as a test lab mechanic in December 1957, advancing to manager of vehicle performance, a position he held until his retirement in 1995. After six months, Schumaker joined the Mack Trucks Historical Museum staff in June 1996. He was named co-curator of the museum in 1997 and curator in 2008.

He has announced his retirement from the Mack Trucks Historical Museum at the end of 2015. Michael Kitsock has been named Schumaker’s successor and has already started work at the museum.

Located at the Mack Customer Center in Allentown PA, the Mack Trucks Historical Museum is a not-for-profit corporation that explores the history of Mack and demonstrates the firm’s manufacturing techniques.

The Mack Customer Center is also home to the Mack Heritage Center, a showroom, and a performance track where customers can test-drive Mack vehicles. For more information, go to