DETROIT, Dec. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Digital Collections of the National Automotive History Collection (NAHC) at the Detroit Public Library recently were honored as a finalist for the 2015 Preservation Award of Excellence by the MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership.
The NAHC was a finalist in the historic preservation award category. Other MotorCities award categories included programs promoting automotive tourism and education.
Since fall of 2014, the Detroit Public Library has digitized and catalogued more than 40,000 images for its National Automotive History Collection. Included are photographs of automobiles, industry leaders, races, reliability tours, auto shows, factories, roads, highways, gas stations and repair shops.
More than 32,000 NAHC photos are now available on the Internet. Online access to the historical photos is available at http://digitalcollections.detroitpubliclibrary.org.
This year's MotorCities winner for historic preservation went to the Window Restoration Team at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit. The tourism award was presented to the Oh These Irish Hills Map and Tourist Guide, while the education/interpretation award went to the Lansing Stewardship Community-MotorCities Partnership.
The MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership is a nonprofit corporation affiliated with the National Park Service. Its mission is to preserve, interpret and promote the region's rich automotive and labor heritage. Regional programs inspire residents and visitors with an appreciation for how the automobile changed Michigan, the nation and the world.
About the NAHC:
Located in the Detroit Public Library's Skillman branch at 121 Gratiot Avenue in downtown Detroit, the NAHC is open to the public by invitation and serves automotive journalists, authors, collectors, and enthusiasts. Its collections include more than a million documents including books, magazine documents, business papers, photos, sales brochures, service manuals and engineering specifications. More information about the NAHC is on the Library website at: http://www.detroitpubliclibrary.org/featuredcollection/national-automotive-history-collection.