The Third International Drive History Conference on the preservation of automotive heritage will be held in Allentown, Pennsylvania on April 11-13, 2019 as part of Automotive Heritage Month. The conference is organized by:
- The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA)
- Society of Automotive Historians (SAH)
- College of Charleston’s Historic Preservation and Community Planning Program (HPCP)
The Society of Automotive Historians is a group of automotive enthusiasts from over 20 countries who are passionate about researching and recording automotive history. In 2019 they are celebrating their 50th anniversary through a conference co-hosted by the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA), the Society of Automotive Historians (SAH), and the College of Charleston’s Historic Preservation and Community Planning (HPCP) program.
The International Drive History 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.