Society of Automotive Historians Conference Recap

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Society of Automotive Historians (SAH) Ninth Biennial Automotive History Conference, which was held in Philadelphia from April 12-14.

Display cases featuring Vinson Collection items during Saturday's tour of the Library.

I immensely enjoyed meeting so many car enthusiasts and hope that the talk that I gave on Saturday morning answered some of the questions people had about the Vinson Collection. I also hope everyone that made the trip to Hagley enjoyed their tour of the museum and library.

I’d like to issue a special welcome to any of our new readers that are just joining us after hearing about this blog during the conference. Thanks for visiting and be sure to utilize the email sign-up to have a notification sent to your email when our weekly articles are published.

Thanks again to SAH for their hospitality and I look forward to seeing many of your at future events! If any readers couldn’t make it to the conference and would be interested in a recording of the presentation, please send me an email at

If you couldn’t make it to SAH, but would still like to learn more about the Vinson Collection, I will be giving another talk on May 19th just down the road from Hagley at Winterthur Museum as part of their Historic Autos at Winterthur series on Saturdays in May.

Below is the complete lecture schedule for each of the Saturdays:

  • May 5 – An Autocar Restored: Teaming Science with Automotive Craftsmanship
  • May 12 – Within the Covers of Vogue: Automobile Advertising in the 1930s
  • May 19 – The Z. Taylor Vinson Collection: Documenting the History of the Automobile Industry from 1891 to 2010
  • May 26 – Coachbuilt: The Derham Body Company

Lectures take place at 1:00 PM each Saturday and are held in the Rotunda. The lectures are included with admission and free for members.

For more information about the event, visit Winterthur’s website. I hope to see many of you there! Feel free to leave comments below with any questions you might have and I will be sure to address them in my talk.

Emily Cottle is the Project Archivist/Cataloger for the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection at Hagley Museum and Library.

One thought on “Society of Automotive Historians Conference Recap

  1. As one of the SAH participants, I can assure you that we enjoyed our visit. I am sure that all of us are looking forward to the opening of the complete collection in 2014!

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