About Us

NAPHA is the Worlds' Only educational and enthusiast organization dedicated to all aspects of the amusement park and is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.

The National Amusement Park Historical Association is an international organization dedicated to the preservation, documentation, and enjoyment of the amusement and theme park industry - past, present and future.

NAPHA was founded in 1978 by a former employee of Chicago's legendary Riverview Amusement Park (closed 1967) and has grown through the years to include amusement park enthusiasts from around the world.

Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in amusement parks and includes people from all walks of life.

Among the many benefits enjoyed by NAPHA members are:

  • Colorful and informative publications - including NAPHA News, a periodic magazine and NAPHA NewsFLASH!!!, a monthly newsletter focusing on current events in the amusement park industry.
  • Conventions at parks around the world.

  • Discounts to several parks and admission to special events by displaying your membership card.

Throughout its history NAPHA has worked to preserve amusement park history. NAPHA serves as a resource to the industry, providing information to authors, historians, documentary producers and manufacturers. NAPHA even provided the memorabilia used on the record jacket of Bruce Springsteen's Tunnel of Love single.

  • NAPHA also tries to preserve historic rides and tries to find new homes for classic amusement rides whenever possible.
  • Through member donations and auction proceeds, our heritage fund has contributed thousands of dollars to non-profit entities helping to preserve classic rides.

Among the historic rides that NAPHA has preserved are:

  • The second Tilt-A-Whirl ever manufactured
  • The only Teeter Dip in existence
  • One of America's last remaining Venetian Swings rides
  • NAPHA also obtained a boat from the Shoot-the-Chutes ride from Chicago's Riverview Park, but unfortunately,
    it was destroyed in a tornado.
  • NAPHA was the successful intermediary for finding a new home for a 1936 Smith & Smith Chairplane at Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay, WI that was previously owned by the grandson of one of the manufacturer's founders.
  • NAPHA was the catalyst for the recreation of the Zippin' Pippin wooden coaster at Bay Beach Amusement Park

  The National Amusement Park Historical Association is the world's only educational and enthusiast's organization dedicated to all aspects of the amusement park. If you would like to become a member, click  Join NAPHA  and... COME JOIN THE FUN!!!

More Information

Contact NAPHA:

By Mail
National Amusement Park Historical Association
P.O. Box 871
Lombard, IL 60148-0871

By Email
Please use the Ask A Question link to the left to ask a question, or use the discussions page to post a topic/message.

Jim Abbate 
Craig Burda
Christian Parker
Jim Hillman
Jim Futrell

Executive Committee Members:
Archivist, Jim Abbate
Conference Coordinator, Craig Burda
Election Coordinator,
Events Coordinator, Jim Hillman
Heritage Fund Coordinator, Bonnie Bonczyk
Historian, Jim Futrell
Legal Counsel, Greg Van Gompel
Mail Coordinator, John Nelson
Marketing/Media Relations Coordinator, Christian Parker
Membership Coordinators, Rich & Brenda Gardner
NAPHA NEWS Editor & Publisher,  Jim Abbate
NAPHA NewsFLASH!!! Editor & Publisher, Jim Futrell
Survey Coordinator, Marlowe McClasky Futrell
Treasurer, John Nelson
Website Coordinator, Marc Van Gompel
Webmail Coordinator, Craig Burda