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
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