TREMONT — The Seal Cove Auto Museum is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History for its “Auto Wars: Then & Now exhibit.” The Leadership in History Awards, in its 73rd year, recognizes achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.
The 2016-2017 exhibit commemorated the 100th anniversary of Acadia National Park, as well as the 100th anniversary of a pivotal decision that allowed cars on Mount Desert Island, forever changing its economic, geographic and cultural landscape.
This year, the American Association for State and Local History conferred 44 national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits and publications. The winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history. The AASLH awards program was initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation and interpretation of state and local history throughout the United States.
The Seal Cove Auto Museum also won Best in Class in the Antique Automobiles category at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, held June 2, in Greenwich, Conn. The museum’s winning entry was a 1904 Knox Tudor Surrey, manufactured in Springfield, Mass. It was originally custom built for the president of the Knox Automobile Company, E.H. Cutler.
This year’s Greenwich Concours was a celebration of Briggs Swift Cunningham, American entrepreneur and sportsman, who raced automobiles and yachts. The Concours featured a special display of virtually every Cunningham production car and team race car ever built.
The Seal Cove Auto Museum tells the story of innovation and ingenuity in New England and America through the early development of the automobile. The museum is open May 1 through Oct 31, and in the winter by appointment. Contact the museum at 244-9242 or [email protected].