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.

Remembering the Michigan Central Station

The historical Michigan Central Station Terminal opened to the public on December 26, 1913 and for many years was the travel gateway to the city of Detroit and other popular cities. Hundreds upon thousands of travelers each day would pass through the ticket windows. The Michigan Central Station is located at 2405 West Vernor near downtown Detroit. Michigan Central Depot was one of the largest train stations in the country.

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.