Partnering For Preservation: The HVA Teams Up With College of Charleston

This month, in partnership with the College of Charleston, the Historic Vehicle Association will be holding an academic conference in Allentown, PA, entitled “Driving History: Putting Preservation on the Road.” In advance of the event, students in the college’s historic preservation program have begun work on the necessary documentation for the next vehicle to be added to the National Historic Vehicle Register. Read on.

The Driving History-Putting Preservation on the Road Conference is the first international academic event of its kind known to have taken place in North America. The event is bringing together scholars, practitioners, hobbyists, students, among others, who are interested in the history and preservation of motor vehicle heritage. At the conference, we hope to exchange ideas and learn from one other about how the preservation of motor vehicle heritage can be made a more centrist part of the historic preservation field in respect to both tangible material culture and intangible traditions.

In addition to the many papers and presentations being crafted for October, students in one class at the College of Charleston have begun to document a vehicle for the National Historic Vehicle Register and share their experience at the conference. In September, in Charleston, South Carolina, a very special car was on campus: a 1920 Anderson Six Convertible Roadster. Taking measurements and photographs of the car, COC students in the American Automotive History and Documentation  class learned how the HVA is going about documenting our nation’s most historically significant vehicles for the NHVR.

The Anderson Six is one of only a handful of the 5,500 automobiles manufactured by the Anderson Motor Co. in Rocky Hill, SC from 1916 to 1925. It’s also one of the best remaining examples of this fascinating automobile.


The Anderson represents an important part of the state’s automotive heritage, so this collaborative effort between the HVA and College of Charleston holds special meaning for the students. Once fully documented, the photographs, measurements and line drawings of the Anderson will be housed within the Library of Congress along with the other 14 vehicles currently on the National Historic Vehicle Register.

Click here for more information on the National Historic Vehicle Register and information on the 14 vehicles already recognized as some of the most important in automotive history.

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