The National Register and the Automobile: a historic resource, but not a place.

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By George John Drobnock on Thursday, June 02, 2016 - 08:59 am:

Well this should be interesting come October.

I submitted an abstract for a paper related to the automobile and the National Register for Historic Places. The abstract was submitted for the conference, "Driving History - Putting Preservation on the Road: Protecting Our Overlooked Automotive Heritage in the
Twenty-first Century." The automobile is the Model T Ford. The National Register for Historic Places allows the automobile to be listed. The Act was passed in 1966, and for the past 50 years not one automobile has been listed as a historic structure or object. Yet a multitude of log cabins are on the register.

Think about it for a moment, American history is generally represented by a log cabin or a Model T. There are a fair number of historic photographs of historic buildings and in front, peeking out from a corner, or under a roof you may see a Model T. The car and house or building are part of the historic landscape. But the automobile has been ignored as an historic element to the landscape.

So this is what I received as an announcement -

"We are pleased to inform you that your paper proposal for the Driving History - Putting
Preservation on the Road: Protecting Our Overlooked Automotive Heritage in the
Twenty-first Century was accepted. We received nearly 50 fantastic proposals from five
different countries, and due to the sheer volume that far exceeded our expectations, the
selection process entailed being rather competitive. The Academic Committee that
reviewed the proposals was literally overwhelmed. Congratulations on your acceptance!"

And this is the abstract -

The National Register and the Automobile: a historic resource, but not a place.

The National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic properties and places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

An automobile is eligible by definition in sections of the 1966 Act, as revised, and may be listed as either an Object or Structure as are ships, trains, and trolleys. Yet from its inception an automobile has not been nominated or placed on the national register. One can find the automobile mentioned in many nominations for manufacturing, housing, government, transportation, and even as a converted to a railroad vehicle, but not as a separate structure.

To assist in the preservation, the National Park Service has prepared Preservation Bulletins for the conservation of architectural features, archaeological sites, aircraft and ships. In 1999 the National Park Service prepared a conservation bulletin for motorized vehicles that is not part of the listing of bulletins for the public.

On 29 December 2012 I sent to the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission Bureau for Historic Preservation a nomination about the entertaining an application for a car that at the end of production saw 15 million vehicles produced, and a vehicle that was described by E. B. White, writing in 1939 as being the American scene that influenced millions of owners by giving them mobility. This paper reviews a private nomination to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to nominate a 1922 Model T Ford to the National Register of Historic Places.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Royce in Dallas TX on Thursday, June 02, 2016 - 09:05 am:

Good work! I think you are on the right track. The most produced Model T was the 1924 model year, so it is the Model T that had more impact than any other in changing America's future for the better, replacing the horse and reducing pollution in the process, while reducing cost and labor hours associated with upkeep of millions of horses.

All this efficiency changed the economy of the world in ways we cannot imagine today. Whole industries surrounding the horse collapsed, while other industries flourished. Indeed the automobile was the world's most important technological advance from the 1900's until the 1930's.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike Walker, NW AR on Thursday, June 02, 2016 - 09:28 am:

What happens in October?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By George John Drobnock on Thursday, June 02, 2016 - 09:55 am:

This may help:


http://www.iccrom.org/classifieds/putting-preservation-on-the-road-protecting-ou r-overlooked-automotive-heritage-in-the-twenty-first-century/

http://www.preservationnation.org/forum/newsroom/automotive-heritage.html


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