Seal Cove remembers cross-country drive to promote women’s suffrage

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Alice Burke and Nell Richardson prepare to depart from New York City on their cross-country drive to promote women's stuffrage | Seal Cove museum photo

“Engines of Change: A Suffrage Centennial” is the title of the new exhibition that will be featured at the Seal Cove Auto Museum in Maine as soon as the museum is allowed to reopen after the coronavirus pandemic.

To kick off the exhibition and the centennial, the museum noted earlier this week that on April 6, 1916, Alice Burke and Nell Richardson left New York City in a Saxon runabout they called the “Golden Flyer.” Their mission was to cross the country promoting voting rights for women.

“The 19th Amendment enshrining that right in the U.S. Constitution passed June 4, 1919 and was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920,” the museum noted. “Our brand-new exhibit, ‘Engines of Change: A Suffrage Centennial,’ explores how the automobile helped women assert their independence and helped transform women’s roles in American society, communities, and households.”

In addition to its exhibition, the museum plans a special 19th Amendment ratification program on August 18.

In the meantime, the museum offers virtual tours on its website.

Museums offer virtual car shows

Although their doors remain locked in response to the coronavirus pandemic, several car museums are hosting virtual car shows.

For example, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum invites people to post a photo of their “cool cars” (or motorcycles) on the IMS Museum’s Instagram or Facebook pages between 9 a.m. and noon (Indy time) on April 11. 

On Instagram, post the photo tagging @imsmuseum and the hashtag #CarsandCoffee.

On Facebook, go to the IMS Museum page, select April 11 Cars and Coffee event and click “going,” and then post your photo under the “Discussion” tab.

The three vehicles getting the most “likes” earn prizes.

The Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, plans an online car show for April 11, though entries closed on April 8. But you still can see the show starting at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern time) on the museum website.

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is accepting entires through April 12 for its Online Car Show. Entry fee is $10 per car, and each entering household will receive a dash plaque. Winners will be selected by a panel of celebrity judges and will be announced April 23 via an online video. 

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For more information, visit the museum’s website.

The Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California, offers free live and themed tours via Instagram on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. (Pacific time).

Museums offers online family activities

LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, offers a series coloring sheets, drawing templates, and even lesson plans of things to do in the kitchen designed to ignite youngsters’ curiosity about cars. For details, see the museum website.

Dr. Pumpkin and Prof. Pickle | Museum photo

The British Motor Museum at Gaydon will launch a series of online activities for families from April 10-26 featuring the museum’s “ever-popular scientists,” Dr. Pumpkin and Professor Pickle.

Activities will be available through the museum’s website.

NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees

The NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, has announced the nominees for its Class of 2021. The list includes 5 first-time nominees: Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Carl Edwards, Jake Elder and Banjo Matthews. 

The ballot also includes Neil Bonnett, Harry Gant, Harry Hyde, Larry Phillips, Ricky Rudd, Kirk Shelmerdine, Mike Stefanik, Red Farmer, Hershel McGriff and Ralph Moody.

Museum conference canceled

The annual conference of the National Association of Automobile Museums, this year to have included the World Forum for Motor Museums, was scheduled for November 2020 in Naples, Florida, but will not take place as planned. Instead, the event has been rescheduled for April 28-May 1, 2021, again at the Revs Institute/Collier Collection location.

The delay was done “to ensure the health and safety of our staff, guests and sponsors,” the association said. “In addition, we wanted to give the museums and venues enough time to begin their financial recovery.” 

The association also notes in its announcement, “Our conference theme, the Future of the Past is Collaboration, is more true now than ever.”

Does your local car museum have special events or exhibitions planned? Let us know. Email larrye@classiccars.com


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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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