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You do not have to drive far to take a trip down memory lane. The National Automobile Museum will take you through eras of innovation, dating back to the days of white rubber tires and candlelit headlights; a time when men primarily hand-cranked the cars.

Just as automobiles have evolved, so has the role of women. It is true the auto industry is still one of the more male-dominated; however, more and more women are in the driver's seat.

Women like Jackie Frady, who is the President and Executive Director of the museum. Jackie has worked with the Harrah Collection for more than 30 years; she has been at the helm for 20. Early on, she admits, men did treat her differently than they would other men. "A lot of people called in asking for Jack and not Jackie." When asking for the Executive Director, callers would ask if he was in, rather than if she was in? Another early question was, 'Do you know anything about cars?' By the end of any conversation, men recognized cars were Jackie's passion and, more importantly, so was her commitment to preserve the Harrah Collection.

"They are true statements of art," she said during our tour of the decades-old museum. Jackie's 30-plus year career started as a one week temporary assignment at the Harrah Collection. She worked in the Harrah's Reno finance department, but was invited to stay on to help build a nonprofit and then, eventually, the museum -- which now houses 200 cars. 175 of the cars belonged to the late Bill Harrah.

"What is this car ahead of us?" I asked with wide eyes. "You have good taste," smiles Jackie. "That is a very rare car. It is a 1941 Chrysler Newport." Hollywood starlet, Lana Turner owned the cherry red beauty, which sports a LANA license plate. This particular car, shining in Gallery 3 of the museum, is one of only four that exist today, according to Jackie. "The design is just over the top. You can picture her along the Pacific Coast Highway with a scarf blowing in the wind - looking just incredible."

Stories like that drive the museum, which Jackie hopes to grow even more. She is now in the process of researching how to do so, while also attracting the next generation of car lovers. She is the President of the National Association of Automobile Museums and is constantly working to move the industry forward as a leader, a professional, a wife, a mother and as a woman who has helped pave the way for other ladies -- in an industry once driven by men. "I'm so glad that it changed and I'm so glad to be part of the beginning of that."

To learn more about the National Automobile Museum, log onto: http://automuseum.org/

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