MotorCities National Heritage Area

MotorCities National Heritage Area is an affiliate of the National Park Service dedicated to preserving, interpreting and promoting the automotive and labor heritage of the State of Michigan. MotorCities was designated by U.S. Congress in 1998 to preserve the cultural and historic landscape associated with the automobile in Southeastern and Central Michigan.

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MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership Reauthorized By Congress till September, 2021
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THANK YOU TO ALL OUR PARTNERS, PROGRAMS, STEWARDSHIP COMMUNITIES, MEMBERS, BOARD OF DIRECTORS, LEADERSHIP COUNCILS, FRIENDS, PARK SERVICE OFFICIALS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS!

"Where In the World Are the Wayside Signs?"

Join in the fun as we feature some of the 250 Wayside Signs located throughout the MotorCities National Heritage Area.
Follow the clues to help figure out “Where in the World Are the Wayside Signs?” Each week between now and the New Year we’ll choose one sign and give you three clues to its location. At the end of the week, the location will be revealed and a winner will be drawn from among the correct responders. You could win a free, one-year membership to the MotorCities National Heritage Area!

2014 MotorCities Grant Program

Challenge Cost Share Program provides up to 20% match for projects. Projects can be phased over multiple years with a more complex funding strategy. Applicants must be Michigan based non-profits. They must become active members of MotorCities National Heritage Area and maintain membership for the duration of the grant award period. The next application deadline is February 2014.

General Motors: The Year of 1956

The year 1956 was a very good period for the General Motors Corporation. The late Mr. Harlow Curtice was President and the late Mr. Harley Earl responsible for styling and design of GM vehicles. On a historical note, at this same time, a young man by the name of Elvis Presley was making his way up the music charts and the movie ‘Giant’ featuring Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean became a box office favorite. This was also the year that the General Motors Technical Center opened its doors for operation. The Center was developed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen on a 330 acre site in Warren, Michigan.

Inaugural Michigan Auto Heritage Day

MotorCities National Heritage Area gathered with members of the community and leaders of the State legislative and executive bodies to kick off the first annual “Michigan Auto Heritage Day” on November 13, 2014 in Lansing Michigan.