Hackett Auto Museum wins Automotive Heritage Journalism Award


Yesterday, the Hackett Auto Museum received a first-place award for Best Facility Story at the Automotive Heritage Journalism Awards. The museum’s video featuring the history and planned preservation of the Hackett building was nominated last month alongside creative pieces from other museums, race tracks and proving grounds. 

The awards, presented at the annual Concours d’Elegance of America in Plymouth, Mich., celebrate excellence in the preservation, presentation, understanding and appreciation of automotive heritage. 

“Our video shows the incredible journey the Hackett building has been on since its construction and highlights our plans for the museum moving forward,” said Ted O’Dell, Executive Director of the Hackett Auto Museum. “We were extremely proud to have our efforts recognized at the Automotive Heritage Journalism Awards.”  

Four different automobile manufacturers have called the Hackett building home since the early 1900s, including the Hackett Motorcar Company and the Briscoe Motor Corporation. Construction will soon begin to transform the facility into the Hackett Auto Museum. 

“The entire Jackson community, and the Hackett building in particular, has such a strong automotive past,” O’Dell said. “It’s important to share these stories and make sure people have the opportunity to learn about the rich history that surrounds them in this wonderful community.” 

The three-minute video was produced by Lansing company Good Fruit Video and videographer Kraig Westfall and was funded by contributions from the MotorCities National Heritage Area, the Michigan Historic Preservation Network and the Horace and Mabel Hackett Foundation.

The video may be viewed at bit.ly/HackettVideo. 

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