MotorCities National Heritage Area
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  • Event Title MotorCities Car Culture Tour
  • Event Date(s) Sunday, December 15 from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Event Location Meets at 1 Hart Plaza (by the electronic sign)
  • Event Description Detroit is called the "Motor City" for good reason. The city is synonymous with cars. Detroit put the world on wheels and totally revolutionized society. In fact, one can’t go very far in any direction without being reminded of this industry's enormous legacy, its continued presence, and the early pioneers who made it all happen. MotorCities Car Culture Tour covers significant and forgotten or little known Downtown and Midtown sites related to Detroit's automotive heritage. From the route Charles Brady King took when he drove the first car on the streets of Detroit to the birthplace of the Model T which changed the world, former Cass Avenue automobile dealerships - many selling cars whose names are unfamiliar today - which once dominated the Midtown area now occupied by trendy condos, restaurants, and retail shops to beautiful public art and architecture commissioned by wealthy industrialists or their heirs and much more. We'll talk about the role labor unions played in giving a voice to autoworkers and elevating the middle class into a powerful socio-economic demographic wielding incredible political and economic clout. Along our tour route, we'll encounter multiple examples of the ancillary new industries, organizations, and products the auto industry gave rise to such as lodging, insurance, travel clubs, car washes, the nation's first coast-to-coast highway organized here in Detroit, stop lights, concrete highways, etc. We'll see examples of massive culture shifts brought on by the auto industry such as a sense of self reliance and freedom once enjoyed primarily by the wealthy but now available to the masses, Sunday drives, affordable cars, one-stop-shopping, suburbanization, and more. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to rediscover Detroit's fascinating automotive heritage. This tour has been made possible in part by a grant from MotorCities National Heritage Area. Tour price includes transit tokens, admission to Ford Piquette Plant, and an early autoworkers favorite lunch - a coney dog and soft drink. Note: This is a walking tour with emphasis on walking although we do travel aboard the Detroit People Mover and QLine. Minimum attendees (4) are required for tour to be a go.Check your email or check back with City Tour Detroit 48 hours prior to tour for confirmation.

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  • Event Title Automotive Showplace: 1934 Chrysler Airflow Sedan
  • Event Date(s) Now through August 2020
  • Event Location Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit
  • Event Description Widely criticized when it debuted for its bold snub-nosed look, the Airflow is now revered by historians as a quintessential representative of an entire movement in automotive styling: but it is not just a great body design. It also possesses a myriad of noteworthy engineering advances under its Art Deco façade. Completely restored by the Chrysler Corporation in 1952, this vehicle was donated to the Detroit Historical Museum in 1959, with 28,443 original miles on it. It recently underwent a cosmetic restoration with support from the MotorCities National Heritage Area.

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  • Event Title Terror in the City of Champions
  • Event Date(s) Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Event Location Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, 461 Piquette Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48202
  • Event Description Author Tom Stanton will discuss the subjects of his New York Times bestselling book, revolving around mid-1930s Detroit. It deals with the true intertwining stories of Detroit's athletic successes - the Tigers, Lions, Red Wings, and Joe Louis - and the rise and fall of a murderous secret society. The Black Legion, a terrorist hate group, has largely been forgotten but is estimated to have murdered nearly 50 individuals in southeast Michigan. Stanton, an associate professor at University of Detroit Mercy, will include photos in his presentations.

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  • Event Title Used Book and Media Sale
  • Event Date(s) November 16, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., November 17, from 12 - 3 p.m.
  • Event Location Michigan Military Museum, 16600 Stephens Road, Eastpointe, MI 48021
  • Event Description The museum will hold a series of used book and media sales on two consecutive weekends. The books available will cover a broad range of subject matter and topics, with most volumes being non-fiction. The dates for the book sale are November 9 and 10, as well as the weekend of November 16 and 17.