Illinois Historic Vehicle Preservation Association

Over the past few years it has finally come to light in American industry that we are producing a society of consumers and not producers. “Blue collar” has become a very unwelcomed title as more and more of today’s youth are pushed towards careers that do not involve working with their hands. As a result, there is a shortage of skilled tradespeople in a number of disciplines.

IHVPA is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) registered organization and was established in April 2012 with a very specific goal in mind. The goal is to bring the world of historic vehicles to the youth of today with a “hands on” approach.

We have long believed in the ideology that restoring and preserving historical transportation is a way of connecting with the past. We have also come to realize as time progresses, that we are losing those individuals whose heart, soul, and expertise was devoted to this same passion. Our desire is to provide a channel to ensure that future generations are given the opportunity to acquire the craftsmanship experience that will further this passion.

Current high school curriculum is set up for less than one hour of instruction on a daily basis. Secondary education is geared towards modern technology. Therefore, there is gap between the blacksmith and the IT professional. It is this great abyss that we are trying to narrow.

Nurturing The Next Generation