BOLT'S ANTIQUE TOOL MUSEUM (BATM) - now has on display over 12,000 of the most important items ever invented by mankind, 'HAND TOOLS'.
This makes BATM the only known location of its kind in the world. This museum is not only an asset to the people of Oroville and its surrounding communities, but also to the county, state,
country and the rest of the world too!
BATM is bursting at the walls with displays, history, cataloging, information, and extremely knowledgeable docents to help in maintaining these things that most of us take for
granted in our everyday lives.
We are in need of your help! We would very much like to become a self sufficient, self supporting member of the local community. By your donation to BATM you can help assure this goal can be met.
Your donation will be used only for helping to make BATM a self supporting member of the community and if you would be so kind as to help us in our endeavor to become the most unique museum of its kind
in the world and a self supporting member of the local community we look forward to having you on board this great adventure.
October 17th - 10:00 am - Bolt’s ATM - by Jerry Mambretti
October 17th at 10:00 a.m. the "3RD SATURDAY PRESENTATIONS" program
will present 'The Jeep and the Military' by Mr. Jerry Mambretti
who will share his knowledge of military jeeps with us.
Jerry served in the U.S. Marines for ten years,
completing two tours of duty in Viet Nam.
Jerry has been restoring jeeps for 20 years and belongs to
five different military vehicle clubs and organizations.
He and some fellow collectors will have assorted military vehicles
outside the museum for viewing.
Article from Oroville, CA. local GOLDEN VALUES
magazine April-June 2014
BOLT'S ANTIQUE TOOL MUSEUM
"Battle of the Bulge" Display
Bolt’s Antique Museum has an interesting spin
on tools donated from individuals that have defended
our country. They have put together a series of displays
with the donated tool and the military service information
about the donor.
One of the new displays features information about The
"Battle of the Bulge" (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945).
The Battle of the Bulge was a major German offensive
campaign launched through the densely forested Ardennes
region of Wallonia in Belgium, France and Luxembourg on
the Western Front toward the end of World War II in Europe.
The surprise attack caught the Allied forces completely off
guard and became the costliest battle in terms of casualties for
the United States whose forces bore the brunt of the attack.
It also severely depleted Germany's war-making resources.
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Our local section strives to make each and every training meeting unique and interesting for our members. With this in mind, April Overfield arranged to hold our entire training day at
the Bolt's Antique Tool Museum in Oroville. If you missed it, I would personally encourage you to not only visit the Tool Museum, but make sure to sit in on the presentation about the "Evolution of
Tools". We learned about how humans progressed from the stone-age tools to the modern standardized socket wrench and beyond. Well researched and sprinkled with humor, this is a presentation worth experiencing.
Mr. Bud Bolt (his real name), Founder of Bolt's Antique Tool Museum, was a pleasure to listen to. The museum is one-of-a-kind in the United States. Tools were obviously his destiny
with the last name "Bolt" and his early work as a Snap-On tool dealer. The information and exhibits contained in the museum are fascinating. Like I said before, it would be well worth your time to visit
the Bolt's Antique Tool Museum.
Tracy Wyhlidko, Oroville Training
BOLT’S ANTIQUE TOOL MUSEUM ANNOUNCES "3RD
Mar. 21 - 10:00 am - Bolt’s ATM - “Evolution of Tools” - 'Bud' Bolt
Apr. 18 - 10:00 am - Bolt's ATM - "History of Dust Bowl" - 'Bud' Bolt
May 16 - 10:00 am - Bolt's ATM - "Basics of Business" - 'Bud' Bolt
June 20 - 10:00 am - Bolt's ATM - "Birth of the Automobile" - Gary Gunderson
July 18 - 10:00 am - Bolt's ATM - "Early-Day Engines" - Dick Watson
Aug. 22 - 10:00 am - Bolt's ATM - "Vintage Tractors" - Rod Hisken
Sept. 19 - 10:00 am - Bolt's ATM - "Antique Motorcycles" - Wes Allen
Oct. 17 - 10:00 am - Bolt's ATM - "The Jeep & the Military" - Jerry Mambretti
Nov. 21 - 10:00 am - Bolt's ATM - "We Hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro" - Patty Bolt-Wright
(talk & slideshow) - Robin North
The "3RD SATURDAY PRESENTATIONS" program presentations are designed for ten to
fifty participants and are held at the museum. A $3.00 per person fee is charged and the
museum can assist groups with luncheon arrangements. The program is a 'not-to-miss'
interactive experience, as is the large collection of over 12,000 antique tools.
Contact the museum at (530) 538-2528 for additional information and starting times for
the presentations which run about two hours.
The museum which opened in 2006 not only has tools that have been used in the United
States, but also has tools from 4000 years ago including tools thought to be made by
Egyptians and Romans in 400 B.C. A barbed-wire collection, old gas pumps, blacksmith tools
and 125 tools representing 51 different railroads provides insight into earlier days in the
United States. A gift shop which has many memorable items including a special $1.00 table
for tools to take home and the latest addition of custom greeting cards with a tool flair that
are the creation of Mary Gunderson is available to make purchases for that special tool
enthusiast in your life. Museum founder, 'Bud' Bolt said, “Mary visited the museum with a
car club and was so enthused with the various displays that she came back with a series of
very creative greeting cards that depict different items throughout the museum.”
New “Featured Display”
Our antique baggage cart near the entrance to the museum, holds a nice sampling of the over 12,000 tools on display.
The current exhibit highlights the wide variety of tools that were used in the old days for upholstery, tire repair, aircraft,
buttons and drain plugs. Maybe you used some of these tools in your profession. Come to the museum and tell us
your stories. We always like to learn more about how and where tools were used.
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Tool Museum Fascinating:
Having recently gone on a "date" with my dad to Oroville to check out Bolt's Antique Tool
Museum, I wanted to express my thanks to the city of Oroville and Carl and Laila Bolt for their
collective vision in providing a home for the immense tool collection.
My dad grew up on a farm and after returning from World War II, he had his own building
construction business for 60-plus years. Thus, he has worked with many tools and farm implements
over his 85 years of life. We had no idea that the Bolt collection would be so vast and inclusive of
many different vocations. The appreciation for each tool's place in history was not lost on us as
we meandered through the displays that represented different changes to tools as our nation
moved industrially into the future.
Carl Bolt is such an asset to the museum, as he seemed to be a walking encyclopedia of tool
history. The expertise and enthusiasm shown by Carl of not only the history of the various tools
and implements but also their importance at the time is a patriotic nod to our forefathers for their
vision of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," the pursuit of which could not have been
accomplished without the use of tools.
A pat on the back for a job well done for recognizing the importance of the Bolt Museum to not
only educate future generations but also honor the hard work and dedication of prior generations.
Daria (Zanetta) Hardison, Modesto
"Old Time Fiddlers"
have a jam practice and fun filled event at
Bolt's Antique Tool Museum
1st & 3rd Monday nights each month -- 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
-- Public is invited -- cost $3.00 per person -- pay at the
Our museum displays over 12,000 different items consisting of
Wrenches--Blacksmith Tools--Tune-Up related items
Antique Jacks--Service Station Items--an assortment of Plumbing Tools
Soldering Irons--Electric Tools--Hand Grinders and other Misc. items