The Chapter end-of-year gathering will be held Thursday, December 8, 2022, at the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum, 100 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti, MI 48198, from 4 PM to 7 PM. Light refreshments will be served before the Business Meeting at 5:30 pm. Afterwards, there will be time for members to visit with one another and tour the museum. The Business Meeting agenda includes the introduction our new Chapter President Peter Hollinshead, sharing thoughts on future events, brief remarks by Chris Lezotte on the SAH Brick and Mortar project to find a home for the SAH Board archive, and an update on chapter collaboration with the Automotive Hall of Fame.
Peter Hollinshead has been unanimously elected to complete the 2020-2022 term of President, to suceed Brian Baker. Brian is now the Director of Collections and Education at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY.
The WSAH Summer Meeting was called to order at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 8th, in the Special Exhibit Building at the Iola Car Show. Six officers and directors were in attendance, along with four members. The minutes and the treasurer’s report of the Spring Meeting were reviewed and approved.
Following up on discussions from the Spring Meeting, the formation of sustainable committees to handle the Chapter operations was further explored. Ralph Kalal made a motion that the WSAH volunteers working the Iola Car Show be thanked for their selfless dedication to the event. A lengthy discussion ensued about the WSAH commitment to the Iola Car Show, with the show staff requesting that the WSAH handle even more responsibilities next year. Ken Nimocks and Don Gullikson will meet with the show staff for a review of operations and the role of the WSAH at the event. This will be a topic of further discussion at the WSAH Fall Meeting and accentuates just how important new WSAH member recruitment is. Members will be asked for their input on recruitment methods and incentives.
The Summer Meeting was adjourned at 12:30.
2022 is also the 50th anniversary of the filming of the movie American Graffiti, released in 1973. Cast members from the movie were featured celebrities at the Iola Car Show this year.
The WSAH Spring Meeting was held Saturday April 23, 2022 at the Dahl Auto Museum in La Crosse, Wisconsin at 1:00 PM. Twelve Officers, Directors and members were in attendance.
The Treasurer reported that funds are sufficient to handle current and the usual future expenses, provided income at least remains steady.
Follow up on discussions from the Fall, 2021meeting, culminated in a motion as follows: “The WSAH membership will create a special committee of members, appointed by the President, to study expanding membership through better outreach and increased activities; the committee to submit a report to the President within six months; and the President to then make recommendations for consideration by the general membership at the following regular meeting.” Questions or comments should be made directly to the committee; the committee will also solicit ideas from individual members. The motion passed without dissent.
Don Gullikson reported on attending the Iola Car Show meeting for volunteer chairpersons. Updates include changes in volunteer parking areas, the “golf cart interstate” (separate, designated roads and parking areas for carts), show car trailer parking, special 50th Anniversary food pricing, events, special guests, etc. Few of the changes will affect our Special Exhibit area. Information for our volunteers will be included in the next Carhart Chronicle.
Ralph Kalal made a motion, second by William Chartrand, to donate $100 to the Dahl Auto Museum along with an Honorary WSAH membership, which includes our Carhart Chronicle newsletter. A special thank you to Museum Curator Jim Dennison for his informative and interesting conversations and to his fellow curator Adrian Johnson for initially setting up our meeting area. Members found the museum to be a very worthwhile venue to visit and several commented on the extraordinary vehicle restorations and overall appeal of the collections.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:00 PM.
We are delighted to announce that the Carhart Chronicle, the newsletter of the WSAH, has been awarded a 2021 Golden Quill Award by Old Cars in their “sub-compact chapters category.” Congratulations to the Chapter and to Carhart Chronicle editor Ralph Kalal. All past WSAH newsletters can be viewed at http://wisconsin-auto-historians.org/ under “The Spark/Carhart” toolbar tab.
Twenty-two members of the Chapter gathered for a business meeting and presentation at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan on Thursday, April 21st. The event included a presentation on 19th century American automotive pioneer John Lambert. Present were Dr. Debbie Lee and Jennifer Weed, both great-granddaughters of John Lambert, and Lambert historian and collector Jim Dickie II.
The Lambert presentation raised the question “Who really created America’s first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine?” Research by Carol Lambert, also a great-granddaughter of John Lambert, for her 2013 book Something New Under the Sun, uncovered evidence that John Lambert may have been two years ahead of the Duryea brothers in creating America’s first automobile powered by an internal combustion engine.
Barb Davis, who joined us by Zoom from Anderson, Indiana, presented records of first-hand accounts by individuals present at the secretive 1891 demonstration run of the first Lambert. Barb’s late husband Ed Davis had collected hundreds of documents and artifacts pertaining to the Lambert automobile and company.
Brochures were distributed at the end of the program containing a copy of the PowerPoint presentation and a timeline picturing the Lambert models produced.