LeMay-America's Car Museum Collection - Hands on the Wheel

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About This Kool Project

The Collection Department at LeMay-America's Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington provides internship opportunities for hands-on learning experience to students enrolled in post-secondary education in the areas of automotive collection restoration and preservation, and museum collections management programs. Our Collections Assistant interns gain exposure to a wide variety of historic vehicles that are part of the LeMay- America’s Car Museum’s Collection spanning over 100 years of automotive technology. Students are able to learn about best practices in the management of a large vehicle collection including research, authentication, documentation, mechanical and cosmetic assessment, care and maintenance, operation, exhibition, conservation and preservation.

Our museum is committed sharing knowlege providing learning opportunities through work experience outside the classroom. Our Collection's program not only serves the needs of young people seeking careers in automotive restoration and preservation, but also serves the long term interests of the automotive collector community. Our experienced based learning opportunities are critical to foster a new generation of vintage and classic vehicle conservators, collections managers and restoration professionals.

Our ultimate goal is to preserve the skills and knowledge needed to protect our automotive heritage for generations.

Jul. 26, 2017

We have crossed the midpoint for our 2017 summer internship program at ACM.  Abi has learned about our processes for conservation and preservation of the vehicles in the ACM Collection. She has help getting vehicles ready for exhibit, working on vehicle assessments and mechanical service for both operation and mechanical conservation for long-term exhibit storage.  The vehicles range in age from 1908 to 1998.

Our intern programs help the students gain experience working with the public as well by allowing them to interact with museum guests at our various events held at the museum or by networking with industry professionals at offsite events such as the recent SEMA Town Hall Meeting held at Competition Specialties in Auburn, Washington.

Abi drove her first Citroen 2CV when she piloted our historic "Peking to Paris" 2CV for our monthly "Take a Spin", which allows museum guest to experience riding in a wide variety of museum vehicles.  Abi was able to talk about the history of the vehicle while demonstrating its unique driving operation. 

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