Museum of the Month: Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum

This museum contains a fascinating collection of beautifully restored pre-World War 2 vehicles which had been selected because they represented examples of innovative and/or risk taking technologies, many of which did not achieve commercial success in their initial appearances. Although the innovations may have taken up by other manufacturers in later vehicles. As a reflection …

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Video of the Month: Challenger (1980)

Challenger: An industrial romance by Canada's National Film Board tells the stoy of the Challenger private jet initially developped by Bill Lear.  The Challenger jet was then developped into the Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) the world's best-selling regional jet. The challenger would become Bombardier Aviation's main jet airplane until the arrival of the C Series …

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Book of the Month – Politics Across the Hudson: The Tappan Zee Megaproject

A new edition of Philip Plotch's book "Politics Across the Hudson: The Tappan Zee Megaproject" will be released by Rutgers University Press this month. The book is the winner of a prestigious journalism award for its “in-depth research, hard hitting analysis and compelling look at the politics behind New York’s first major new bridge in …

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On Board With Design

This link, provided through Northwestern University's Transportation Library, tells the story of mid-20th centruy passenger travel through graphic design. Graphic designers created and promoted companies and gave iconic looks to major transportation modes as they shifted into new technologies. -Thanks to Rachel Cole for this post.

Call for Papers: Mobility and Migration in Historical Perspective

The Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte (Society for Social and Economic History) and the Wirtschaftshistorische Ausschuss of the Verein für Socialpolitik (Economic History Committee of the German Economic Association) jointly host their third conference on economic and social history. We invite you to submit contributions. The conference will be in Regensburg, March 20-22, 2019 The conference will include contributions addressing the main …

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Call for Proposals: National Road Bicentennial Symposium

The National Park Service at Friendship Hill National Historic Site and Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Washington & Jefferson Collenge, and the National Road Heritage Corridor are seeing proposals for presentations at the National Road Bicentennial Symposium, which is to be held Saturday, October 27, 2018. This event will be held at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, …

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Lovers of the Open Road and the Flying Wheel

This link, provided through Northwestern University's Transportation Library, is an online repository of photographs of a 1915 road trip from Iowa to San Francisco in a Model T on the Lincoln Highway. The website follows one group on their journey through photographs and provides additional background on the logistics of such an adventurous road trip. …

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Video of the Month: Route 66 Film

The link which features a short film produced by New Mexico True about Historic US Route 66 concerning its portion that passes through New Mexico. New Mexico True is a tourism campaign program administered by the New Mexico Tourism Department. https://www.newmexico.org/route66/route-66-film/ -Thanks to Steve Eagan for this post.