Possible Motorcycle Parking At The Library of Congress

Motorcycles and the Library of Congress tend not to ride together in the same sentence, but soon historic bikes could be documented and their details preserved for history.

The National Historic Vehicle Register Act, has been introduced by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), is intended to help preserve the legacy of American cars and motorcycles and the vital role they play in American culture and history. The Act would authorize the U.S. Department of Interior to establish a federal register of historic vehicles to document and preserve records of American automotive and motorcycle history.

The Historic Vehicle Association has been working with the Interior Department on the registry proposal since 2013, and the American Motorcyclist Association has been providing support. The project would create a permanent archive of significant historic vehicles within the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress is the research library that officially serves the United States Congress and is considered the de facto national library of the United States.

This method of documenting notable motorcycles in history was inspired by what's been happening for nearly every other part of American society. Since the 1930s, the Department of the Interior has been working to document historic buildings and other historic sites throughout the United States. These efforts were bolstered by the National Historic Preservation Act in 1966, and since then the National Register of Historic Places has grown to include a multitude of buildings, landmarks, ships, aircraft, etc.

Although the National Historic Preservation Act made it possible for automobiles to be included in this database, none have yet been documented.

The National Historic Vehicle Register will help document historic vehicles as they exist now, preserving their information for future generations. Before this legislative move becomes some great conspiracy theory, the act wouldn’t require or dictate how owners maintain their notable or historic motorcycles, but rather takes inventory of the historically significant vehicle.

There are standards and qualifiers for a motorcycle to be registered. Vehicles must be connected to a significant person or event in American history, or have a unique design or rarity, to be eligible for the register.

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